National Artist Day in Thailand
National Artist Day in Thailand is held on February 24. This event in the third decade of the month February is annual. Help us
National Artists are honoured on this day, which commemorates King Rama II's birth.
The National Artist is a title given annually by the Office of the National Culture Commission of Thailand, recognizing notable Thai artists in the area of intangible cultural heritage such as literature, fine arts, visual arts, applied arts (architecture, design) and performing arts (Thai dance, international dance, puppetry, shadow play, Thai music, international music, drama and film).
Since 1985, the honors have been presented on 24 February, "National Artist Day", in Thailand. The date was chosen because it is the birthdate of Buddha Loetla Nabhalai, or King Rama II, who was an artist himself. In 1986, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, an accomplished musician, photographer, and painter, was named "Supreme Artist".
National artists receive 25,000 baht monthly for life unless the award is retracted. They are also entitled to health insurance, emergency payments, funeral costs, and a stipend of 150,000 baht for writing a biography or autobiography.
Similar holidays and events, festivals and interesting facts
Magha Puja on February 24 (Full moon, 3rd Thai lunar month);
Cooperatives Day in Thailand on February 26 (Adopted 14 February 1967);
National Journalist's Day in Thailand on March 5 (วันนักข่าว or Wan Nakkhao);