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Major Events, Festivals and Holiday within Thailand

Find below a little a summary of the major events and festivals during Thailand’s calendar year. These events are often spectacular occasions and can be great fun to visit.

Hundreds of festivals and temple fairs are celebrated throughout Thailand. Thais are fun-loving, sentimental people and annual festivals, both commemorative and celebrate, play important roles in Thai life.

Many Thai festivals are colorful and joyful events that invite visitors’ to join and participation. Others feature solemn, eminently photogenic ceremonial. Whatever their character, whether Buddhist devotion, dazzling processions, exotic ritual or uninhibited merriment, each affords the visitor pleasant memories and gives you a insights into the cultural heritage that makes Thailand  Asia’s most exotic and amazing country.

Most festivals are connected either with Buddhism, the annual rice-farming cycle or commemorations honoring Thai kings. Some occur on fixed dates, others, particularly those associated with Buddhism, are determined by the lunar calendar. And if one of these holidays falls onto a Saturday or Sunday, the following Monday, will also a holiday and government offices and many commercial offices will be closed.

 

JANUARY

New Year’s Day – 2 January   (Public Holiday)
The beginning of the western New Year is a national holiday in Thailand, one of three “new year” holidays celebrated every year. more…

 

FEBRUARY / MARCH

Makha Bucha – February  (Public Holiday)
Makha Bucha celebrates the Buddha’s first sermon (around 2.500 years ago) in to his disciple and is one of the hoist Buddhist holy days, it Day marks the occasion when saint-disciples of the Buddha spontaneously gathered to hear his preaching.
The holiday may also known as Magha Puja or Lord Buddha Day and is considered Day of Love in Buddhism. Most Thai Buddhists will go on Makha Pucha Day to a temple to pay their respects to the Lord Buddha. Magha is a Pali and Sanskrit word meaning the third lunar month, and Puja is a word in the same language that means to venerate or honor and pronounced in Thai as Makha Bucha. The exact day of this second important Buddhist festival day depending on the Lunar cycle. more…

 

APRIL

Chakri Day – 6 April  (Public Holiday)

The Chakri Day commemorates the establishment of the Chakri Dynasty which has been ruling Thailand since 1782. This dynasty was founded by Phra Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke (King Rama I) in 1782 who came to throne on that day. On this day people of Thailand recognize the contributions of all the kings in the dynasty and to pay respect and reverence to their former kings as well as the present King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradeba­yavarangkun (King Rama X). More …

 

Songkran Festival Day – 13-16 April (Public Holidays)
Songkran is the traditional Thai New Year, joyfully celebrated throughout the country with rituals of merit making, honoring the elders, and parades of dancers, music troupes and water splashing.  The throwing or pouring water during the annual Songkran Festival originally dates back to the spring cleaning of Thai houses, and welcoming the rainy season. Devout Buddhist will particularly pour scented, blessed water over images of the Lord Buddha to pay respect, asking for a blessing and washing away of bad omens. A fun festival for everybody to join in.

Be prepared to get soaking wet, as the streets will filled with water-throwing revelers, using anything that can contain water. The country will be at an almost complete standstill during these days, joining fellow Thais and visitors in a refreshing escape from the humidity and heat.  More detail about Thailand’s most fun festival and its culture background

 

MAY

National Labor Day – 1 May (Public Holiday)
International Labor Day is also celebrated as a national holiday, even though there isn’t much ado about it. Some businesses may be closed. more …

 

Coronation Day – 4 May  (Public Holiday)
The day when the reigning Maha Vajiralongkorn was crowed as the 10th king of the Chakri Dynaaty in 2019 over a three-day coronation. On the 4th of May he was to be anointed and crowed, on the 5th of May a royal procession took place and on the 6th of May the king grant an audience. more…

 

Wisakha (Visakha) Bucha Day – Full Moon Day in May (Public Holiday)
The holiest Buddhist holiday celebrates the three events of Budhda – the birth, enlightenment and his achievement of Nirvana.

Buddha Purnima is the most sacred day in the Buddhist calendar. It is the most important festival of the Buddhists and is celebrated with great enthusiasm.

The exact date of Vesakha is celebrated on the full moon of the sixth lunar month or the first full moon in the fourth month in the Chinese lunar calendar. The date varies from year to year in the Gregorian calendar but is typically in May. More detail and background…..

 

Phuetcha Mongkhon or the Royal Ploughing Ceremony (May) – goverment holiday
This ceremony marks official commencement of the annual rice-planting cycle and takes place  in Bangkok’s Sanam Luang, an open field and public square in front of Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace to usher in the new planting season with good luck and hopes. As Royal Ploughing Day is a holiday for state employees, government offices will be closed.  more…

 

JUNE

 

H.M. The Queen Suthida’s Birthday – 3 June   (Public Holidays)
His Majesty the King named General Suthida Vajiralongkorn na Ayudhya the new queen on May 1st 2019 and conferred upon Queen Suthida the formal title of Her Majesty the Queen Suthida Bajrasudhabimalalakshana on May 4th 2019.

The Queen Suthida’s Birthday is a national holiday in Thailand.

 

 

JULY

Asarnha Bucha Day (Substitution for Asarnha Bucha Day) – July   (Public Holidays)
Celebrating the Buddha’s first sermon in which he set out to his five former associates the doctrine that had come to him following his enlightenment.

Asahna Bucha is a national Holiday in Thailand. It replaced Buddhist Lent as a gazetted holiday in 2007.

The date in the western calendar depends on the Lunar cycle. It is also known as Asalha Puja or Dhamma Day.

 

AUGUST


H.M. The Queen’s Birthday – 14 August 2017 (Public Holiday)
Mother’s Day was first introduced to Thailand on 15th April, 1950. In 1976, Mother’s Day was changed to 12th August to commemorate the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit ,the Mother of all Thai people. 

The birthday of her Majesty Queen Dowager Sirikit  remains a holiday as National Mother’s Day

 

OCTOBER

  The Passing of King Bhumibol – 13 October   (Public Holiday)
For decades, King Bhumibol Adulyadej was the only king the people of Thailand knew, and became a symbol of stability and was much beloved by the people of his realm.

Born on 5 December, 1927, Bhumibol Adulyadej died on 13 October, 2016. He took the throne in 1946, reigned for 70 years, and came to be called “Father of the Nation”.  After a long struggle with illness, he finally passed away, at the age of 88. One year later, the king was cremated and transported on a restored, golden royal chariot in an elaborate procession to Phra Merumat, to be interred with many of his ancestors of the Chakri Dynasty. Shrines were erected in the king’s honor all over the nation, and the mourning over his death lasted a full year. more…

 

Chulalongkorn Memorial Day – 23 October   (Public Holiday)
The day commemorates King Chulalongkorn (Rama V) who passed away on October 23rd 1910. He was the fifth monarch of Siam from the House of Chakri and is considered one of the greatest kings of Siam (now Thailand). He is remembered as the king who introduced many social and political reforms that helped to modernize Siam including the abolishment of slavery. more…

 

DECEMBER


H.M. The King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s Birthday – 5 December  (Public Holiday)

The 5th of December commemorates the birthday of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and is celebrated throughout the country,

It is also Thailand’s National Day and is the day when Father’s Day is celebrated in Thailand.

 

Constitution Day (Substitution for Constitution Day) – 10 December  (Public Holiday)
Celebrates the date in 1932 when the country was granted its first constitution. more…

 

New Years’ Eve – 31 December  (Public Holiday)
The day before the Western New Year day is always marked a national holiday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When are the exact dates for holidays in Thailand?  Just click here to get the update calendar

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Hot air flying festival

 October 12, 2011 by TTRweekly

BANGKOK, 12 October 2011 – An international hot-air balloon festival returns to Chiang Mai, 25 to 27 November, Tourism Authority of Thailand announced last week.

Thailand International Balloon Festival 2011 will use the northern town’s Prince Royal’s College venue this year with a promise of a bigger turnout of hot-air balloons.

There will be 15 hot air balloons floating in the Chiang Mai sky over two days and five tethered balloons for visitors to see the hot air balloon up close.

To be hosted by Earth Wind and Fire Company, the event is held annually. It was held in Nakhon Nayok, last year and there were around 21 hot air balloons joining the festivities.

The theme for this year will be Glow Night & Festival of Light.

According to the host, it hopes to attract a mix of Thai and international visitors for the three-day event.

 

Hot-air balloon teams from around Asia are expected to compete at the festival.

“Thailand International Balloon Festival is a high season opener for Chiang Mai,” said TAT deputy governor Vilaiwan Twichasri.

The entrance fee is Bt50 per person.

The festival dates back to 2007 when it was hosted by Pak Chong in Nakhon Ratchasima province. The organizers now say they intend to keep the event in Chiang Mai rather than hosting in different destinations.

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Flower show tickets on sale

June 27, 2011 by TTRweekly 

BANGKOK, 27 June 2011  – The fourth edition of Chiang Mai’s international horticulture expo known as the Royal Flora Ratchaphruek will be held, 9 November 2011 to 15 February 2012.

Advanced tickets go on sale, 7 July to 31 October, with a single pass priced at Bt100 for adults and Bt50 for children. Multi entry passes cost Bt400 for adults and Bt200 for children, while a group pass for 15 to 50 people costs Bt70 for adults and Bt30 for children.

Visitors can buy advanced tickets at Krungthai Bank and Thai Ticket Master Counter and enjoy an additional 50% discount.

Visit the amazing flower show in Chiang Mai / ThailandAlternatively, they can buy at the gate for Bt200; multi-entry pass Bt800 and a 15 to 50 person pass Bt150.

Ticket prices are the same for both Thais and international visitors.

Entrance is limited to 20,000 visitors a day and tickets must be used on the date printed. A multi-entry pass has the name of the holder and there is only one ticket per group pass.

The 4th Royal Flora Ratchaphruek will be held at the Royal Agricultural Research Centre, Mae Hia sub district, Muang district in Chiang Mai.

The expo site covers 752,000 sq metres with an outdoor area set aside for at least five countries to exhibit their garden flowers and an additional area for over 30 countries registered at the event.

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Come and joy the fun during Songkran in Thailand

One of the famous festivals in Thailand is Songkran. It coincides with the New Year of many calendars of South and Southeast Asia and is taking place between the the 13th and the 15th  of April.Merit-making ceremonies are held at Buddhist temples

Songkran was celebrated originally only in the north of Thailand and was probably brought there by the Burmese, who adapted it from the Indian Holi festival. It spread across Thailand in the mid 20th century and is now observed even in the far south. However, the most famous Songkran celebrations are still in the northern city of Chiang Mai, where it continues for six days and even longer and takes the form of religious ceremonies as well as public festivities.

Merit-making ceremonies are held at Buddhist temples, Buddha images are bathed and in ancient days, old people were actually given a bath and clothed in new apparel presented by the young folks as a token of respect for the New Year. Songkran was traditionally a time to visit and pay respects to elders, including family members, friends and neighbors by capturing the water after it had been poured over the Buddha’s for cleansing and then using this “blessed” water to give good fortune to them by gently pouring it on the shoulder.Respect to the elders during Songkran

It is also an old belief that the Nagas or mythical serpents brought on rain by spouting water from the seas. The more they spouted, the more rain there would be.

The tradition of throwing water was at first based on a religious ritual, but soon evolved into an entertaining activity that people indulged in one this holiday. It has also become a party for foreigners and an additional reason for many to visit Thailand for immersion in another culture and giving Songkran the name “Water Festival”.

These days Thais as well as foreigners roaming the streets with containers of water or water guns (sometimes mixed with mentholated talc), or post themselves at the side of roads with a garden hose and drench each other and passersby. Passers-by stand the chance of getting soaked when they walk on the road, but all this is done in a festive spirit. Another common sight during Songkran is people with a white chalk or talcum powder caked on their faces. This is believed to originate from Buddhist traditions where monks mark blessings with chalk.

The New Year celebrations in Thailand are special in many ways why not escape the cold weather and celebrate your New Year in Thailand?  The Thai weather, the splendid food and the genuine kindness and attitude of the locals makes this a great festival and a unique New Year location.

Interesting in celebrating Songkran with us? Let us know and we are more than happy to organize your Songkran week in Thailand.

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Songkran or "Water Festival" in Thailand

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With Bangkok Air around AsiaPG-Air Berlin FFP Partnership

November 15, 2010 by TTRweekly 

BANGKOK, 15 November 2010 –Bangkok Airways and Air Berlin announced,  last week, joint frequent Flyer programme cooperation that allows members on either airline to earn and redeem points on both airlines.

It is an extension of the airlines’ code-share agreement signed in 2009.  To introduce it, FFP members of both airlines can earn double points on travel undertaken by 31 December.

Bangkok Airways’ FlyerBonus members can now earn and redeem points when travelling with Air Berlin on qualifying fares and vice versa for Air Berlin’s Top Bonus members.

It is understood that an Air Berlin FFP member could earn enough points on a round trip Bangkok-Europe service to gain an economy class ticket on a Bangkok Airways domestic route.Air Berlin connect's Europe with the rest of the World

For the members who travel on Bangkok Airways or Air Berlin flight by 31 December they get double points.

Frequent flyer programme members of both airlines must quote their membership number when making a reservation and present their membership card at check-in.

In October 2009, Bangkok Airways and Air Berlin jointly announced a code-share agreement for flights to Samui, Phuket and Chiang Mai. This allows Air Berlin customers to book flights through to the domestic Thailand destination on flights with double designators.

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