Festivals are definitely one of the most awaited events in every country and here in Thailand we have the most extravagant and the most celebrated festivities. The following are some of the greatest celebrations in Thailand throughout the year.
Celebrated as Thailand’s traditional New Year’s Day, Songkran festival is one of the most striking and widely observed festivals in the country. Songkran is a Sanskrit word in Thai which means the entry of the sun into any Zodiac sign, though; the Songkran in this instance is when the sun enters the sign of Aries or the Ram. The date of the festival was formerly set by astrological calculation but it is now fixed, it begins on the 13th of April and ends on the 15th of April. If these days fall on a weekend, the missed days off are taken on the weekdays immediately following it.
Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival
Candle Festival mark the beginning of Buddhist lent and it is held in Ubon Ratchathani around the days of Asanha Puja and Wan Kao Pansa. It is one of the most sophisticated festivals in the country where people show their loyalty to Buddhist tradition as well as their abilities in carving excellent candles. Aside from the candle procession, the festival also includes a light and sound presentation, cultural shows, and displays of local artisans’ handcrafting and sculptures.
The Monkey Buffet Festival
The Monkey Buffet Festival is held annually at the Pra Prang Sam Yot temple in Lopburi, 150km north of Bangkok to promote tourism of Thailand. In the festival, the local monkey population, which numbers more than 2,000, eats food in buffet style. It is held every year in the last Sunday of November.
Loy Krathong takes place on the full moon of the twelfth lunar month where the rivers is at its highest and the moon is at its brightest, in the western calendar this usually falls on November. This festival is one of the most scenic and popular Thai celebrations. On the night of the full moon, one only needs to light candles and joss sticks then launch this krathong on a river, canal or a pond, making a wish as they do so. A simple but beautiful ritual.
Full Moon Party Haad Rin Koh Phangan
Full moon party is an immense all-night beach party originated in Haad Rin on the island of Koh Pha Ngan, Thailand. It is organized during every full moon night and now it became one of the biggest and the loudest beach smashes in the world. This event has become a part of the itinerary of many tourists as it brings them entertainment to the max.
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