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Major Thailand Events & Festivals.
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*New Year’s Day (1 Jan 09)
Thai people celebrate New Year nationwide. However, grand-scale celebrations take place in many areas in Bangkok and major provinces like Chiang Mai, Pattaya, and Phuket. In Bangkok, you can enjoy the exhilarating countdown events on the night of December 31 at Ratchaprasong area (Central World Plaza), Rama VIII Bridge, the National Stadium, Silom and Sanam Luang.
*Magha Puja Day
(on the full-moon day of the 3rd Thai lunar month = 9 Feb 09)
One of the holiest Buddhist holy days, Magha Puja Day marks the occasion when 1,250 saint-disciples of the Buddha spontaneously gathered to hear his preaching.
Chiang Mai Flower Festival
(Taking place for 3 days from the First Friday of February = 6 – 8 Feb 09)

This festival is held to promote the growing of flowers and decorative plants in Chiang Mai, featuring a parade of colourful petalled floats and beauty contests. As well as performers in traditional Thai and hill tribe costumes dancing their way through the streets.
King’s Cup Elephant Polo (23 – 30 Mar 09)

The day to commemorate the founding of the present Chakri Dynasty in 1782.

*Songkran Festival (13 – 15 Apr 09)

The traditional Thai New Year, joyfully celebrated throughout the country with rituals of merit making, honouring elders, and parades of dancers and music troupes.

Songkran also conveys another meaning of Thai social values. It is the time when all family members get together, more or less like Thanksgiving, due to the very traditional way of Thai lifestyle. During this special family reunion, the younger will water the elder and elderly to pay respect and gratitude, and will receive blessing in return.

Related links : Thai New Year’s Day
*National Labour Day (1 May 09)
To celebrate the Labour Day, a great number of Thai labourers gather at Sanam Luang to join the festivities held by the government which include pop concerts, cultural shows, dances and a variety of fun activities and entertainment.

*Coronation Day (5 May 09)
The day when the reigning King Bhumibol was crowned as the 9th king of the Chakri Dynasty in 1950.

*Ploughing Ceremony (11 May 09)
Ploughing Ceremony
Presided over by the King, this ancient Brahmanic ceremony is held at Sanam Luang in Bangkok to mark the beginning of the planting season and to bless the farmers with bumper harvests in the year.
*Visakha Puja Day
(on the full-moon day of the 6th Thai lunar month = 8 May 09)
It is one of the most important Buddhist holy days. On this day in different years, the Buddha was born, attained Enlightenment and entered Nirvana.

*Asalha Puja Day
(on the full-moon day of the 8th Thai lunar month = 7 Jul 09)
On this day the Buddha gave his first sermon to his first five disciples after his Enlightenment.

*Khao Phansa Day
(1st day of 8th waning moon = 8 Jul 09)
The first day of the three-month period of Rains Retreat when monks meditate and study the Buddha’s doctrine and laymen renew their commitment to follow the precepts of Buddhism. Monks are required to stay at their resident temples throughout the Rains Retreat period.

*HM the Queen’s Birthday (12 Aug 09)
To celebrate the Queen’s birthday and the Mother’s Day, a grand celebration is held at Sanam Luang in front of the Grand Palace. There are free concerts and performances given by many popular Thai artists and a variety of entertainment. Buildings along Ratchadamnoen Road and other main roads are decorated with thousands of colourful lights, flags and portraits of the Queen.

* Boat Races (normally after the end of Rains Retreat on the full-moon day of the 11th Thai lunar month in October)
Traditional boat races are held to celebrate the Buddha’s return to earth after spending one season preaching in heaven.

* Chulalongkorn Day (23 Oct 09)
Held to commemorate the death of King Chulalongkorn the Great (Rama V) who passed away in 1910.

* Loi Krathong or Festival of Light
(on the full-moon day of the 12th Thai lunar month = 2 Nov 09)

Loi Krathong is the most romantic festival of this country. In the evening, people gather at the waterside to float krathongs, lotus-shaped vessels lovely decorated with flowers and lit candles, as a thanksgiving and worship to the Goddess of Water. Magnificent celebrations are held in Sukhothai and Chiang Mai.
*HM the King’s Birthday (5 Dec 09)

Huge crowds gather at Sanam Luang and on Ratchadamnoen Road in Bangkok on the evenings of the 4th and 5th to celebrate jubilantly.

* New Year’s Eve (31 Dec 09)
*A public holiday. It is the occasion for religious and festive events.

Festival list taken from Thaiwaysmagazine
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