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Happy Muay Thai Day

Muay Thai holds such esteemed status in Thailand that it boasts not one, but two national holidays dedicated to celebrating the Art of Eight Limbs. Both February 6 and March 17th mark Muay Thai Day, each highlighting a distinct aspect of the sport’s history. In February, homage is paid to King Sanphet VIII, a Thai ruler who not only practiced Muay Thai himself but also championed it as a beloved national pursuit. Conversely, the March celebration honors the remarkable bravery of Nai Khanom Tom, whose freedom was secured through his victorious battles against numerous Burmese adversaries.



February 6th, recognized as National Muay Thai Day, commemorates the coronation of ‘The Tiger King’, King Sanphet VIII, also known as Phra Chao Sua. Apart from his royal duties, he actively engaged in Muay Thai and encouraged its practice among his soldiers, emphasizing its role in maintaining their physical fitness. This day received official recognition in 2011 from Thailand’s Office of National Cultural Commission and is supported by the International Federation of Muay Thai Amateur (IFMA).

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