is King’s birthday.
Thais love their king and the day is celebrated
– it the festival period for the whole nation.
Songkran is the Lunar New Year as per Thai Calendar.
Buddha images are washed on the day and great
processions are held.
Monks and elders are shown special respect by
one and all in the community. In very many ways it has
got the similarity with Deewali celebrations in India.
People move around and as a mark of respect
water shall be sprinkled may be even to the extent
that coloured water shall be showered in gaiety.
– Sree Budhdha’s birthday.
Candle lit processions are held in local Wats (
Buddhist temples ).
and 11th Lunar months
– on the full moon day, in Ko Lanta, there is the
religious rite of Setting Adrift of Chao Le Boats.
The function is worth watching.
Puja in July
this festival is on the Full Moon day.
– Queen’s Birthday.
This is celebrated as Thailand’s Mothers’
Krathong in November.
– One of the most beautiful and moving sights are
related to this annual festival.
This day marks your venture to cast off all
your troubles and tribulations with the hope having a
new prosperous future. The good luck for the
forthcoming year is wished by discarding some symbols
of the badluck such as a piece of your finger nail and
some tufts of hair in folded banana leaves and
floating them off in the ocean or running water.
– this marks the beginning of the tourist season.
Water sports and cultural competitions are held on
- January 1 - New Year’s Day
- February (full moon day) - Makka Bucha
- April 6 - Chakri Day
- April 13 - Songkran, Thai New Year
- May 1 - Labor Day
- May 5 - Coronation Day
- May 7 - Ploughing Ceremony
- May (full moon day) - Visakha Bucha
- July (full moon day) - Asanha Bucha commemorates the first
sermon of Buddha
- August 12 - Queen’s Birthday
- October 23 - Chulalongkorn Day
- December 5 - King’s Birthday
- December 10 - Constitution Day
- December 31 - New Year’s Eve