The Bo Sang Umbrella Fair:
Wood Carving Fair:
Chinese New Year:
Chiang Mai Flower Festival
Songkran:
The Royal Ploughing
Ceremony
Buddha’s birthday :
Queen’s Birthday :
The Vegetarian Festival :
Loy Krathong Festival
(aka Lantern Festival)
King’s Birthday:
The Bo Sang Umbrella Fair:
Held in January in the small village of Bo Sang, near Chiang Mai, derives its livelihood from
making gaily painted paper umbrellas. The fair is held on the main street and they celebrate their
traditional skill with exhibitions, stalls selling umbrellas and other handicrafts and choose a
beauty pageant where they choose a new Bo Sang beauty queen.

Wood Carving Fair:
Around January – February, Bangkok holds the Ban Thawai Wood Carving Fair. Here one can
watch demonstrations of woodcarving and other local handicrafts as well as purchase the
products produced. The work is that of Northern Thais and tends to be more intricate than that
of their southern cousins. It’s well worth a visit. TIP: Best to visit nearer the end of your stay or
you may land up carrying armloads of "heavy" purchases on your travels.
Chiang Mai Flower Festival: held in the first few days of February is noted for its colour. The north
of Thailand has a rich variety of flowering plants. Celebrated with floral floats parading the
streets as well as flower displays, beauty pageants and handicraft sales to enjoy.

Chinese New Year:
A time of firecrackers, lion dancers parading through the streets and time to ‘spring-clean’ the
house, is celebrated in February by all Chinese-Thais. Lanterns line the streets and the smell of
incense wafts through the air. Dragon parades weave down roads and children gad about
everywhere.

Chiang Mai Flower Festival
Welcome to All Thailand Experiences -- This is Thailand's greatest flower show, featuring a
parade of floats made with colorful flowers, beautiful Thai and hill tribe girls in traditional dress,
a Miss Chiangmai Flower Festival beauty contest, parade and loads of exotic plants and flowers
on display.  Held the first weekend of February

Songkran:
The most frenetic festival in the country is that of Songkran, the Luna New Year. Held from the
13th to 15th April each year…it’s a wet one! Traditionally it was celebrated by Buddha images
being bathed with water and the showing of respect to monks and elders. From the sprinkling of
water onto someone’s hands as a sign of respect it has evolved into mass drenching for anyone
who decides to venture outdoors. This has to be one of the friendliest, though wet, festivals
anywhere and a great way to make new friends.

The Royal Ploughing Ceremony
Held on May 14, celebrates the official commencement of the rice-planting season. This is an
ancient Brahman ritual and the participants who perform various ceremonies, believed to
forecast an abundant rice crop, wear colorful costumes.


Buddha’s birthday :
On the 15th May, Thais celebrate Buddha’s birthday. Local Wats (Buddhist Temples) celebrate
by holding candlelit processions. A tourist may take part in these parades and it can prove great
fun. TIP: Lady visitors please note; a monk may not touch a woman so please show respect and
keep your distance
Asanha Puja,:July sees Thai Buddhists celebrating Buddhist ‘lent’ or Asanha Puja, the full moon
festival. Beginning mid to late in the month, this is the period when young men enter their monk
hood for the rainy season and ordained monks remain in a single monastery for three months.
One can view Buddhist temples throughout the year, but this tradition can be picturesque due to
the activity of the saffron robed followers.

Queen’s Birthday :
On August 12th and also Thailand’ s ‘mother’s day’. As with all royal anniversaries this
celebration guarantees a firework display.

The Vegetarian Festival :
Held in early October is celebrated in Phuket and Trang only. For this almost weeklong
celebration, Chinese Buddhists eat only vegetarian food. There are numerous ceremonies and
processions, which are both interesting and colourful. The food sold in street stalls at this time
is well worth sampling. Self-mortification is practiced during these celebrations and the
participants parade through the streets with bicycle wheels, spears and the like, pierced
through their skin.
Loi Krathong : One of the most beautiful and moving sights are the festivities relating to the
annual festival of Loi Krathong held in November. This is when you cast away your troubles and
call in the hopes of the future. As the moon rises in the evening a small lotus-shaped raft of
banana leaves filled with flowers, a candle, a snip of your nail, a piece of your hair and a few
coins, is set afloat in the ocean or down a waterway conjuring up good luck for the forthcoming
year. In some areas large paper hot-air balloons are also released.

Loy Krathong Festival (aka Lantern Festival)
Loy Krathong is as old as Thai heritage and represents a close bond between Thai culture and
water. The festival takes place on the full moon night of the twelfth lunar month when the water
level is high and the climate is cooler, usually around mid November. Participants ask water
spirits to sail away their troubles in their krathongs, which are containers traditionally made
from banana leaves and carrying offerings of incense, lotus flowers and small money.

King’s Birthday:
December 5 is the King’s Birthday. The King is much revered throughout Thailand, something
that is probably unique in the world today. His birthday is celebrated by all Thais and government
buildings, private homes, businesses and the palace are all illuminated specially for the
occasion. In some areas such as Phuket, they hold a regatta in his honor.
Festivals
Holidays & Observances








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Festivals and Holidays
Holidays and Observances:  2016

January 1 (Fri) -  New Year's Day        
February 22 (Mon) -  Makha Bucha  Day      
April 6 (Wed) - Chakri Dynasty Day        
April 13 - 15 (Wed-Fri) - Songkran        
May 1  (Sun)  -  Labour Day
May 2 (Monday) – substitution holiday for
Labour Day

May 5  (Thur) - Coronation Day    
May 20 (Fri) - Visakha Bucha
July 18 (Monday) – extra day holiday            
July 19  (Tues) - Asalha Bucha Day        
August 12  (Fri) - Queen's Birthday        
October 23 (Sun) - Chulalongkoun Day        
December 10 (Fri) -  King's Birthday    
December 12 (Monday) – substitution
holiday for Constitution Day
   
December 31 (Sat) -  New Year Eve
January 1 (Sun) - New Years' Day