Festival in Thailand
Major Festivals in Thailand
Part of Thailand's tourist development strategy is to promote traditional festivals to an international audience. Which isn't to say they don't occassionally invent some new ones. Here's a list of the biggest festivals around Thailand.
YASOTHON, MAY 8 TO 9
Rocket Festival or "Boon Bang Fai" in Thai is usually held in the second week of May of each year, at the beginning of the rainy season. The farmers are ready to cultivate their paddy fields. The festival is popularly celebrated in the northeastern provinces of Yasothorn and Ubon Ratchathani. The celebration is an entreaty to the rain god for plentiful rains during the coming rice planting season.
UBON RATCHATHANI, JULY 26- 27
Taking place in the heart of North-Eastern Thailand, the bright and colourful festival marks the beginning of the Buddhist Rains Retreat and coincides with Asanha Bucha (which commemorates Buddha's first sermon).
Phi Ta Khon Festival
DANSAI VILLAGE, LOEI, JULY 18 TO 20
The British have Halloween and the Thais Pi Ta Khon. The three-day ghist festival is part of merit making holiday which, it is belived, honours the last life of Buddha before the reachses enlightenment. But it's also an excuse to have some good fun, and make mischief.
H.M. The Queen's Birtyday Celebration
ACROSS THAILAND, AUGUST 12
Mother’s Day In Thailand
‘Mom’, ‘Maamaa’, or ’Mae’, the words might be different in different languages but signifies same everywhere: unconditional care, love, concern and sacrifice . The place that a mother holds in child’s heart is same all around the world. The first word that a child learns to speak is mother, whether one is happy or sad, she is the first person to know it all! For a child, her mother always remains the center of attention. She shines like a guiding star, whose trail kid follows.
Illuminated Boat Procession
NAKHON PHANOM, 21 to 29 OCTOBER
If your travel take you to Issan, in North-East Thailand, then make sure you stop by the banks of the Mae Kong river for a spellbinging show that never fails to draw the crowds. Also called ''Lai Reua Fai'', (translating as ''to set afloat a fire boat'') the illuminated boat procession festival pays respect to the Lord Buddha and also marks the end of the Buddist Lent.
Vegetarian Food Phuket Festival
VARIOUS CHINESE SHRINES,PHUKET TOWN, OCTOBER 17 TO 26
The Vegetarian Food Festival with coincides with the 9th Chinese calendar month, in which the local Thai people of Chinese ethnicity undertake a ten day vegetarian diet, abstaining from all forms of animal meats and by-products. Various merit-related rituals are performed at Chinese temples, as well as processions of ascetic devotees performing remarkable feats such as fire-walking and climbing ladders with knife-edge rungs.
ACROSS THAILAND, NOVEMBER 21
Dating back to the 13th century, this is one of the Kingdom's most colourful festivals. Meaning '' to float a tray '', Loy Krathong honours the Lord Buddha and gives thanks to the river goodness, Pra Mae Kongka, who Thais belive bring luck .Traditionally the little lanterns or floats are amde from banana stalks and are decorated with flowers, a candle and incense, but also hair strands, nail clippings and coins.
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