Thailand loves festivals and the country has plenty of them. It is not surprising because having fun and socialising is a big part of Thai Culture. There are numerous Thailand festivals being celebrated throughout the country each month. Festivals are always a pleasant experience and can delight you with glimpses into the country’s heritage and traditions.
The traditional Thai New Year or Songkran is Thailand’s biggest festival of the year. Traditionally it’s a three-day festival lasting from the 13th to 15th of April. During Songkran people get together and make merit at the temple and gently pour water mixed with Thai fragrance over the Buddha images. The water is also used to pour over the hands of the elders when asking them for blessing.
More well-known side of Songkran is a three-day water fight throughout the whole country. During the festival, the streets fill up with people looking to soak and get soaked. No matter where you are in Thailand, during that time you will be just a walking distance from some kind of fun celebration. Water guns, hose pipes, buckets are used to splash people, so be prepared to find your own water gun and join in the fun!
Loi Krathong Festival is held every year on the full moon of the twelfth month according to the Thai Lunar Calendar.
The purpose of this festival is to pay respect to the Goddess of the Water, Phra Mae Khongkha, showing the gratitude on the plentiful use of water and asking for forgiveness for the ensuing pollution.
During Loi Krathong Festival, Krathongs (lotus-shaped receptacles) are being made and floated on the water. Floating the Krathong also refers to leaving bad things in the past and wishing for good luck in the future.
Phi Ta Khon
Phi Ta Khon is a festival traditional to the Dan Sai district of Loei Province in Northeast Thailand. It is better known as the ghost festival since it reflects the local Isan beliefs on ghosts and spirits. Phi Ta Khon is renowned for the colourful costumes and masks of “spirits” worn by thousands of local men. The festival is held every year on the weekend of the 6th full moon of the lunar calendar which occurs around June/July.
Monkey Buffet Festival
Lopburi is best known for its packs of monkeys that can be seen among the ruins of the historical city. Monkeys are the main tourist attraction here and the city shows appreciation to them by putting on a Monkey Buffet Festival. A huge buffet of 4 tons of fruits, vegetables and other treats is laid out for the 3,000 monkeys wandering around the streets of Lopburi. The Monkey Buffet Festival is taking place around Phra Prang Sam Yod (better known as Monkey Temple) on the last Sunday of November every year.
Tenth Lunar Month Festival - a traditional festival of Southern Thailand organized in Nakhon Si Thammarat city, the capital of the Nakhon Si Thammarat Province.
Thailand Tourism Festival
The popular Thailand Tourism Festival is the country’s largest domestic tourism fair organised every January. Last three years it was taking part at Lumphini Park transforming it into a mini representation of the Kingdom with replicas of landmarks and examples of cultural events from the five major regions of the kingdom – North, South, East, Central and Northeast. There are also processions, musical performances and tasty treats from all over Thailand to try. Five tourism villages display the unique and different ways of life of Thai people across the region.
The event is free and can give you an idea about places you may want to visit and things you wish to see when travelling in Thailand.