Thai Festivals and Events

Celebrations in Thailand are, more often that not, associated with a Festival or special event. Many are celebrated across the Kingdom by everyone, while others are more regional and only celebrated by a few.

From the very well known, Songkran Water Festival - the traditional Thai New Year Celebration (annual cleansing / goodwill ceremony), to the lesser known, Sak Yant Tattoo Festival (paying repects to the master tatooist monk) each one is just as important and well respected today, as when they were first celebrated, hundreds of years ago.

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bosangfair Bo Sang/San Kamphaeng Handicrafts Fair in January
Bo Sang village in San Kamphaeng district of Chiang Mai is renowned as the "umbrella village" on account of its exquisitely hand-painted paper umbrellas. Every January, the village will organize the Bo Sang Umbrella Festival.
chang mai flower festival Chiang Mai Flower Festival in February
One of the most popular annual festivals is the Chiang Mai Flower Festival. The north is noted for its rich variety of flowering plants which bloom during this cool month. Chiang Mai, Thailand has been called “The Rose of the North,”.
pattaya music festival Pattaya Music Festival in March
Thailand's biggest music festival held in the famous beach resort of Pattaya. The Festival invites all music lovers, including tourists to enjoy the first summer's breeze. Among many other entertainments, Rock, Pop, Jazz, or Hip Hop can it be fun for all. Pattaya Music Festival can be a wonderful way to enjoy your week.
sak yant festival Sak Yant Festival in March
Every March about 30 miles outside of Bangkok thousands gather to watch or participate in the 'Sak Yant' festival held at the Wat Bang Phra Buddist temple; Sak means "tap tattoo" and Yant translates into "sacred design". Devotees believe that the tattoos are magical, can ward off physical harm, give good luck and have healing powers.
songkran Songkran Festival in April
Songkran is the traditional Thai NewYear, an occassion when families reunite to pay respect to the parents and elderly by pouring water on the hands and, in return, the elderly give out blessings. Songkran celebrations include religious ceremonies, water pouring and public festivities, such as beauty contests, parades and marching bands.
Pichit Boat Race Royal Ploughing Ceremony in May
Presided over by the King and Queen at Sanam Luang, this ancient Brahmin festival marks the beginning of the rice-planting season, which is the most important crop of Thailand. Predictions are made about weather and harvests for the coming year on the basis of which of the selected foo, but it is usually held in May.
Pichit Boat Race Rocket Festival in May
The Rocket Festival is traditionally a period for letting off steam before the ardous field work begins. The Festival features beauty parades, folk dances and high-spirited celebrations before the rockets are eventually launched. The best place to be is in Yasothon, north-east Thailand.
huahin jazz Hua Hin Jazz Festival in June
Jazz music lovers head to Hua Hin in June where they can enjoy a music festival that delivers the best jazz and blue bands from around Asia. Hua Hin has been associated with the country’s jazz community since the 1950s and the jazz festival is organised annually in honour of the musical talents of His Majesty the King.
candle festival Candle Festival Ubon Ratchathani in July
Buddhist Lent, is the time, when all Buddhist monks must stay in their temples. In Ubon Ratchathani, a unique festival highlights the talented skills of local artisans. Elaborately carved candles are exhibited in high-spirited processions around the city.
Queens birthday Her Majesty The Queen's Birthday Celebration in August
Celebrations to honour Her Majesty Queen Sirikit on the occasion of her royal birthday, the Thai people decorate their houses and public buildings. Around Bangkok, Ratchadamnoen Avenue, the area around the Grand Palace are bedecked with magnificent adornments.
Pattaya Seafood Festival Pattaya Seafood Festival in August
A new festival that first took place in 2014. The Pattaya Seafood Festival is a celebration of the sea and the wonderful seafood the surrounding crystal clear waters provide. Famous chefs cook the freshest dishes and the array of seafood on offer is truely amazing. The event takes place over three days on the beach and entertainments are provided throughout .
Pichit Boat Race Phichit Boat Races in September
The spectacular annual rowing regatta in Phichit takes place on the Nan River, which runs through the provincial capital. Low-slung wooden boats rowed to the hearty cheers of spectators make this an exciting day out.The winning boat gets a "Royal Trophy" from the King himself.
loi krathong

Illuminated Boat Procession Sept/Oct
Illuminated boats can be seen on the Mekhong River in extreme North Eastern Thailand An enchanting spectacle that has given the water-borne procession its very name - 'Lai Reua Fai', which literally means to set afloat a 'fire boat' .

phuket vegetarian festival

Phuket Vegetarian Festival in Sept/Oct
A colourful event held over a nine day period in late September/early October, this celebrates the Chinese community's belief that abstinence from meat and various stimulants will help them obtain good health and peace of mind.

Pichit Boat Race Chon Buri Buffalo Races in October
Buffalos compete in races and contests pitting the strength of man against that of his faithful farm animal. Not one of the better known events but is eagerly attended by people in the region. A truly exciting sport for the people of Pattaya, there are also other events.
surin elephants

Surin Elephant Round-Up Show in November
Inroduced in 1960, this internationally famous yearly event attracts people from all over the world to Surin to see more than one hundred elephants participate in spectacular shows and colourful processions.

loi krathong Loi Krathong Festival in November
Loi Krathong is an old ritual in which the Thai people ask for forgiveness and blessing from Goddess of the River (Phra Mae Kongkha).On this particular night, on nearly every expanse of water, be it a river, lake or the ocean, you'll notice thousands of lights.
chang mai flower festival Golden Mount Fair in November
A religious ceremony that takes place around November at the Wat Saket Temple in Bangkok. In the early evening as darkness falls there is a candle lit procession of Buddhists who wish to pay homage to the relic of the Lord Buddha. The following day there are cultural shows and folk music scattered across the temple grounds.
Lopburi Monkey Buffet Lopburi Monkey Buffet Festival in November
The locals in Lopburi village are so grateful for the thousands of tourists that their 200 or so primates attract each year that they thank them with a massive feast. Treats including grilled sausages, fresh fruit and vegetables in front of the Pra Prang Sam Yot temple.
Pichit Boat Race River Kwai Bridge Week in Nov/Dec
Each year in late November to early December, the world famouse River Kwai Bridge becomes the centre of celebrations. Highlights include historical exhibitions, a carnival, cultural performance, rides on World War II vintage trains, and a spectacular light and sound presentation re-enacting the bridge's World War II history.
Silk Festival Silk / Phuk Seow Festival Nov/Dec
One of the major centres of silk production, Khon Kaen is the venue of a fair to promote silk weaving and sericulture. This event is held in conjunction with the Phuk Siao friendship ritual of the northeast. Colourful street processions and typical I-san cultural shows as well as exhibits on the silk industry add to the fun of the fair.
Thai Kings Birthday

HM The King's Birthday in Bangkok in December
The kings birthday takes precedence over all his birthday celebrations. See coloured lights and decorations around Ratchadamnoen Avenue and the Grand Palace and head to the Sanam Luang field for a festival of music and Thai culture. There are fireworks and a candle ceremony.

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