Thai Festivals & Events

 Thailand never fails to amaze its countless visitors with the most colorful festivities and events sure to delight you with glimpses into history

Thai Festivals & Events

 Thailand never fails to amaze its countless visitors with the most colorful festivities and events sure to delight you with glimpses into history

Another reason to visit Thailand?

Festivals! Thailand has a number of festivals that are open to the public. Because of Thailand’s long-standing history, their festivals offer a glimpse of the rich Thai heritage. The country is a place full of diverse culture and ethnicity that lets tourists have a fascinating interaction with the locals. Most festivals in Thailand are cultural ceremonies but there are some festivities that are exclusive only to a certain city in the region. While we can fill up a year’s worth of calendar to fit all of Thai’s holidays, here are some of Thailand’s cultural festivals and modern events.

Songkran Thai New Year Festival

(Month of April)

The Thai New Year!
How the New Year is celebrated in Thailand:

The three-day Songkran festival is celebrated in Thailand, Cambodia and Myanmar as the traditional New Year’s Day from 13 to 15 April. During festivities, people spray water and put powder on each other’s faces to symbolise washing away the sins from the old year.

What is the purpose of Songkran:
The Songkran Festival is also a period when the Thai people cleanse and pour water mixed with Thai fragrance on Buddha images. The festival also showcases a bathing ritual where the people pour water on the senior Buddhist monks. This process is believed to bring good luck to them.

Why is Songkran important:
Appreciation of family is another important aspect of the festival, with many Thai people making their way to their hometowns to spend time with older relatives. Buddhists also visit temples throughout Songkran where water is poured on Buddha images and on the hands of Buddhist monks as a mark of respect.

Songkran is a hugely important festival to Thai people, but it’s also very popular with visitors and many tourists specifically arrange their holidays around this unique event. Anyone and everyone can and will get involved in the celebrations. If you’re out and about during Songkran, you’re guaranteed to end up soaked but you’ll have lots of fun in the process!
So, if you’re planning a trip to Songkran in Thailand, hopefully this has given you some insight into what makes this event so important and unique, and prepared you for what you can expect from Songkran celebrations throughout the country. Happy water throwing!

Chiang Mai Flower Festival

(Month of February)

An explosion of colours. The Chiang Mai flower festival is one of the most colourful festivals in Thailand attracting thousands of floral enthusiasts year after year. Chiang Mai, known as the “rose of the north” hosts this three-day festival in February at the end of the cool season. The festival boasts displays of yellow and white chrysanthemums and Damask Rose, a variety only found in Chiang Mai. By bringing to light a vibrant display of ancient and modern floral art the festival also exemplifies the traditions of the ancient Lanna Kingdom. Day one of the festival involves an agricultural fair and the exhibition of floral arrangements and landscaping trends. Subsequent days involve an elaborate display of flower floats, a fair showcasing the local works of art, music shows and a display of ornamental plants. There are also competitions for the most beautiful and creative display and the best flower float. The Chiang Mai Flower Festival queen is also chosen which makes for a highlight of this festival.

Full Moon Party

(Every month on Kho Phangan)

The famous Full Moon Party takes place on a stretch of beach on Koh Phangan island in Thailand. Every month, on the night of the full moon, thousands of people come from all over the world to partake in the festivities and dance all night long. The full moon party festivities include fire skipping ropes, alcohol “buckets”, and dancing. There is a very wide spectrum of music ranging from trance, to drum and bass, to reggae. The party takes place in many clubs along the Haad Rin beach.

Loy Krathong

(Month of November)

Festival of light The Loy Krathong festival is on of Thailand’s most beautiful evening events, focused around paying respect to the Goddess of the Water showing gratitude for the plentiful use of water and asking for forgiveness. The festival is also about removing misfortune and bad things that occured in the past and asking for good luck in the future. In order to achieve this people float a “krathong” in the water. The festival usually takes place on the evening of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar and continues for three days. Day one is the lantern festival, day two is the full moon day and the last day is the Loy Krathong parade. Loy Krathong is an official public holiday in Thailand. The meaning of Loy Krathong The verb Loy means to float. Krathong is a small basket or container made of banana leaves, filled with flowers, incense and candles. Loy Krathong means to “float a basket” which is what people do during the festival over the three days. The festival offers many activities such as boat races on the Mae Ping River, a lantern procession and a beauty contest. Yee Peng Loy Krathong Festival coincides with the Lanna festival called Yee Peng or Yi Peng. The day before the Loy Krathong Festival is called Yee Pang, however, during the three day festival you will see lanterns everywhere. The first day of the festival there is a breathtaking lantern parade in Chiang Mai. There are hundreds of sky lanterns released at the same time, truly one of the most amazing experiences.

Wat Rong Khun Light Fest

(Months of November & December)

White temple illumination. National Thai artist Chalermchai Kositpipat has dedicated half of this life building world-famous captivating Buddhism Art known as “Wat Rong Khun”, or so-called “the White Temple”. The festival is the first night experience at Wat Rong Khun that runs from November to December over a month. This incredible festival will have over 100 laser projectors and 3D projection mapping, the objective being to illuminate the white temple and showcase the architectural and art pieces all over the temple. You will be shocked by the horror of hell when crossing the bridge to beautiful heaven. The wishing well sparkles so beautifully as if all your wishes will be granted, nearby Bodhi Tree of Enlightenment narrates the myth of Lord Buddha and the Mara (demon). The Crematorium implies the dharmic truth of inevitableness of birth, aging, illness, and death. The highlight goes to the Ganesha Hall, where spectacular multimedia light shows through water curtains take place. This is a festival not to be missed.