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Thailand Festivals

Thailand is known for its many festivals. Festivals are an important part of culture in Thailand.

Some festivals are celebrated throughout all of Thailand. Other festivals are celebrated only within a particular region of Thailand. Usually, the regional festivals will represent part of that region’s culture. East, north, south, north-eastern, and capital region all have their own set of festivals.

Even though each region has its own beliefs and culture, they’re all based on buddhism. Each festival will commence with the lighting of incense and candles, which protects the festival from bad spirits.

Each month, there’s usually a festival happening somewhere in Thailand. The sound of drums and music will show you which part of Thailand it is, because, each region has its own style of music.

Here’s a list of some of the more popular festivals in Thailand:

  • Songkran – Songkran festival marks the traditional Thailand New Year’s Day from 13 to 15 April. This festival is celebrated throughout Thailand.
  • Loy Krathong festival – Thailand’s most colourful festival of the year. Attendees release a krathong onto the water to wash away bad luck and bring good luck. This festival is celebrated throughout Thailand.
  • Bung Fai Phaya Naga – celebrates a supernatural occurrence that happens in the Nong Khai province once a year during the Buddhist lent in October

Loy Krathong Festival

Loy Krathong is the Thailand’s most colourful festival of the year. The Loy Krathong festival usually takes place in November when the full moon.

Loy Krathong festival, Thailand

Everyone who attends the Loy Krathong festival will release a krathong onto the water, and let it float away. The water could be a river, lake, pond, or any other large body of water. Depending on where you are, it could even be a swimming pool.

By releasing a krathong onto the water, people believe this will rid them of bad luck and will instead, bring good luck.

The Loy Krathong festival is celebrated throughout Thailand on the same day. Some festivals also have music, dancing, charity, and food.

Some people dress up in traditional Thai costumes which makes the festival even more colourful.

What is a Krathong?

Loy Krathong Festival, Thailand

Krathong is made of disks cut from a banana tree stem and banana leaf, with offerings that include incense, flowers, candles and money. During Krathong festival, many of Thailand’s rivers become alight with krathongs floating away.

Bungfai Phaya Naga Festival

Bungfai Phaya Naga is a festival that celebrates a supernatural occurrence that happens in the Nong Khai province once a year during the Buddhist lent in October.

“Bungfai” is the fireworks. “Phaya” is the king. “Naga” is the “Dragon” who has the power to blow fire from his mouth.

During the festival, more than 10,000 people come from all over Thailand just to see the fireworks that come rushing out of the river. Some people sell food and alcohol during the festival.

Phonpisai town is the most popular place to watch the fireworks because the fireworks happen here more than anywhere else along the river.

The fireworks will shoot up from underneath the Maekong River up to the air. It is a red or pink colour and there is no noise or smoke. It will disappear after it gets very high and it all happens so quickly.

The scientists believe the effect is from the natural gas within the river. Some people believe it is man-made, while others believe the fireworks are from Phaya – the King of all dragons – who is celebrating after meditating for a long time.

However doesn’t really matter what you believe. It doesn’t stop people wanting to visit Nongkhai during the Bungfai Phaya Naga.

Songkran Festival

In Thailand, the Songkran festival marks the traditional Thailand New Year’s Day from 13 to 15 April.

Songkran Festival,Phuket Thailand

During Songkran, almost everyone in Thailand is off from work and celebrates by throwing water over each other.  Many people roam the streets with containers of water or water guns (sometimes mixed with mentholated talc), or post themselves at the side of roads with a garden hose and drench everyone who walks, rides, or drives past. Doesn’t matter if you don’t want to participate – if you walk on the street you will get wet!

Songkran Festival, Phuket Thailand

But getting wet can be very welcome at this time of the year – Songkran falls in the hottest time of the year in Thailand, at the end of the dry season.

In the morning of the New Year, many Thais will clean their house in order to bring good luck. Then in the afternoon, they will head out to splash water on someone (and be splashed).

Songkran Parades

Each city in Thailand has their own parade decorated by hundreds of flowers and beautiful angels. And the big Buddha at the front of the cars in the parade. Being in Thailand during the Songkran festival is an unforgettable experience, and a lot of fun. Sometimes you even forget to eat!

This tradition is very famous, and tourists visit Thailand from around world just to take part in Songkran. This is great for the Thailand economy.

Temples During Songkran Festival

At the same time that all the fun is happening, Thai people like to go to the temple too. That is some thing the Thais learn from previous generations. Some people like to free the animals to the forest. Some people like to feed the fish in the temple (some temples have a fish pool). Thais feel good about doing these sorts of things and believe that it will bring them good luck.

Many Thais go back to their home town to celebrate Songkran festival with their family.

Phuket

Phuket Beach, Thailand

The place you can be yourself, and you can easily find western food. Most of the restaurants have both Thai food and western food. So you don’t have to worry about going hungry.

Phuket is an island but you won’t feel like you’re on an island, as it’s so large and developed.

Phuket is the place you can see the most beautiful sunsets. Laem Promthep is a famous sunset lookout point.

Phuket’s night life is full of interesting things going on and is extremely full of fun and excitement. There are bars, shops, restaurants, and stores, all built next to each other. Bangla road is the place you can find entertainment and friends. This place never sleeps!

Street food Phuket, Thailand

13th April every year marks the Thailand new year.  You will have an unforgettable time with the Songkran festival.  

More information on Phuket: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phuket

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