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Festivals in Thailand

JANUARY

  1 New Years Day  
  29 Lion Dance Festival Most colorful lion and dragon dances are staged by the Chinese community in Nakhon Sawan City and in Chinatown, Bangkok.

FEBRUARY

  4,5,6 Chiang Mai Flower Festival This festival is held to promote the growing of flowers and decorative plants in Chiang Mai, featuring a parade of colorful petalled floats and beauty contests.
  13 Magha Puja Day One of the holiest Buddhist holy days, Magha Puja Day marks the occasion when 1,250 saint-disciples of the Buddha spontaneously gathered to hear his preaching.

MARCH

APRIL

  6 Chakri Day The day to commemorate the founding of the present Chakri Dynasty in 1782.
  13-15 Songkran Festival The traditional Thai New Year. Celebrated throughout the country with rituals of merit making, honouring elders and parades of dancers and music troupes. Water splashing makes a fun, cooling and interesting festival! The largest celebrations are in Chiang Mai and at Phra Pradaeng near Bangkok.

MAY

  1 National Labour Day  
  5 Coronation Day Celebrating the day when the current King Bhumibol was crowned as the 9th King of the Chakri Dynasty in 1950.
  11 Plowing Day Presided over by the King, this ancient Brahmanic ceremony is held at Sanam Luang in Bangkok to mark the beginning of the planting season and to bless the farmers with bumper harvests in the year.
  12-14 Rocket Festival Called "ngan bun bang fai" in Thai, it is a unique festival of the Northeast, most elaborately celebrated in Yasothon province. Bamboo rockets are launched aas an annual plea to the gods for plenty of rainfall in the rainy season.
  12 Visakha Puja Day One of the most important Buddhist holy days. On this day in different years, the Buddha was born, attained Enlightenment and entered Nirvana.

JUNE


JULY

  10 Asalha Puja Day On this day Buddha gave his first sermon to his first five disciples after his Enlightenment.
  10-11 Candle Festival Many provinces in the Northeast celebrate Khao Phansa Day by arranging processions of folk dances and floats to the monasteries, carrying huge, intricately carved candles to be lit continuously throughout the Rain Retreat period. Large celebrations take place in Ubon Ratchathani Province.
  11 Khao Phansa Day The first day of the three month period of Rain Retreat when monks meditate and study the Buddha's doctrine and laymen renew their commitment to follow the precepts of Buddhism. Monks are required to stay at their resident temples throughout the Rain Retreat period.

AUGUST

  12 The Queens Birthday Her Majesty the Queen's birthday.

SEPTEMBER

  4-10 King's Cup
Elephant Polo
Annually takes place in Hua Hin. As well as the exciting tournament, you will be fascinated by the elephants' intelligence in a variety of performances.

OCTOBER

  22-30 Vegetarian Festival During this period people of Chinese origin in Phuket and Trang provinces make merit by abstaining from food and oil from animals, holding processions of god statues along the streets and observing traditional magical rites as a sacrifice to their gods.
    Boat Races Normally after the end of Rain Retreat on the full-moon day of the 11th Thai lunar month. Taking place in many provinces such as Phrae, Ayutthaya, Nakhon Phanom and Surat Thani, traditional boat races are held to celebrate the Buddha's return to earth after spending one season preaching in heaven.
  23 Chulalongkorn Day Commemorates the death of King Chulalongkorn the Great (Rama V) who passed away in 1910.

NOVEMBER

  5 Loi Krathong or
Festival of Light.
This is the most romantic festival of Thailand. In the evening people gather at the waterside to float kra-thongs, lotus-shaped vessels decorated with flowers and lit candles, as a thanksgiving and worship to the Goddess of Water. Magnificent celebrations are held in Sukhothai and Chiang Mai.
  2nd Week Surin Elephant Round-up Surin is famous for its elephant round-up. The show features elephant football, elephant race and hunt and elephants in ancient battle.
  24- 7 Dec The River Kwai Bridge Week Held to commemorate the horrible ordeal suffered in the construction of the Death Railway to be used by the Japanese army as a route of supply from Thailand to Burma in World War II
  25 Vajiravudh Day Held to commemorate the death of King Vajiravudh (Rama VI)

DECEMBER

  5 The King's Birthday Huge crowds gather at Sanam Luang on the Ratchadamnoen Road in Bangkok on the evenings of the 4th and 5th to celebrate jubilantly.
  10 Constitution Day To commemorate the day on which Thailand's first Constitution was promulgated by King Prajadhipok (Rama VII) in 1932.
  31 New Year's Eve  

 

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