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Festivals in Thailand

Thailand is a very diverse country. It has lush and green rice fields and landscapes, their well-known floating markets, a vivid nightlife and extremely friendly locals, who want nothing more than to show you around and tell you about the hidden gems in their country. But what about the celebrations? Thailand knows how to celebrate the new year like no other. During Songkran, Thai New Year, you won’t see any fireworks, this event is all about water fights! The goal of the festival is to be clean for the new year, that’s why most people clean their houses before the big day. What’s a better way to cleanse than by doing it with water?

Children, locals and travelers all come together to enjoy this amazing event by joining a huge water fight to soak everyone who’s passing by. But that’s not everything. Appreciation of family is an important aspect of the festival, where elders are being honored with scented water. The event is also an important day for Buddhism, where people pour water on Buddha images and on the hands of Buddhist monks as a token of respect. At the end of the event when everyone is exhausted, people indulge in the finest local dishes that combine the four fundamental flavors: spicy, salty, sweet and sour.

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Top 5 celebrations in Thailand

  • Cool off in the hottest month of the year and get cleansed during the Songkran Festival that takes place on April 13th till April 15th.
  • Experience Thailands most colorful event and dance the festival away on the Phi Ta Khon Festival on the 27th of June till the 29th of June.
  • Wash your sins away and make a wish. Set your krathong free to float with the current during the Loi Krathong Festival that takes place on November 24th till November 26th.
  • If you're an art lover, this incredible candle festival is the place to be for you. The Ubon Ratchatani Candle Festival is held on July 10th till July 12th. Allow yourself to be blown away!
  • Check out The Monkey Buffet Festival that is all about monkey business on the 29th of November.

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Festivals in Thailand

  • The Loi Krathong Festival is held on the night of the full moon in the 12th month of the lunar calendar. This is usually in November on the Western calendar. The meaning of the name is 'floating basket' or 'floating boat'. The traditional way to make this basket is with banana leaves and banana tree trunks, decorated with flowers and a candle. The reason that people let these krathongs float with the current is to pay respect to the Goddess of the Water, show gratitude for their use of the water and to ask for forgiveness for the pollution that follows. Not only are there beautiful krathongs floating on water, but you can also witness hundreds of thousands of lanterns lighting up the sky.
  • The Phi Ta Khon Festival, also known as the Ghost festival, is an event where Buddhism plays a big role. Young, local men dress up in colourful robes and wear huge masks. They’re dancing around and entertain locals and travelers. Spirits and protectors of the village are worshipped during this event, and they’re asked for plentiful rain for a successful farming season. On the second day of the event, the villagers gather to listen to old sermons recited by the local monks.