Thailand has become one of the worlds most loved tourist destinations to visit and for good reason. Thailand never fails to impress travelers with its blissful fabulous food, beautiful temples, amazing elephants, beaches, and charming floating markets.
A big part of traveling is being able to immerse yourself in other cultures. Thailand is a land of festivals and celebrations that reflect Thai traditions and cultural values. The many Thai festivals held throughout the country every year are an ideal way to gain an insight into the diverse riches of Thai culture and to explore the country’s eccentric charm. Thailand is a country that stakes great importance in respect and this ideal is exemplified by the countless celebrations held throughout the year, which serve to honor, family, teachers, religion and royalty.
Each Thai festival has its own outstanding features and here are just some of the many events and festivals celebrated annually in Thailand.
1. Songkran (The Water Festival)
Songkran, also called the Water Festival is Thailand’s largest and wettest festival, celebrated to mark the beginning of the Buddhist New Year. Songkran is celebrated annually, nationwide, for three days from April 13 to 15, since April is the hottest month in Thailand, this is also a great way to cool off and have fun. Officially, the festival is three days long. This festival is about purification and having a fresh start. The Thai people celebrate Songkran with dancing, folk performances, parades, and water fights. People sprinkle water on each other meaning to wash away bad thoughts and actions and to wish good luck for the upcoming year. People store water in whatever vessels they have like water balloons, buckets, and squirt guns to splash other people – with good intentions, of course.
2. Chinese New Year
Wow! This is what you will say when you experience this festival! All over Chinatown, the alleys are packed with dancing lions, dragons and firecrackers that extends an unmatched beauty. You don’t have to go to China to celebrate the Chinese New Year or Spring Festival. The Chinese New Year is celebrated among Chinese communities across Thailand. Up to 14% of the total population in Thailand is Chinese. The date of the Chinese New Year varies each year since it is based on the Chinese lunar calendar, but it generally falls in January or February. Even though the Chinese New Year is not a public holiday in Thailand, Thai Chinese normally have at least a day off. This is a day to pay respect to their ancestors and enjoy time with family and friends. Unmarried children are given red envelopes by their parents, containing money. They also visit extended families and relatives and wish them a happy Chinese New Year. Houses of Chinese shop owners are decorated with Chinese calligraphy, red paper lanterns, posters and banners. Across Thailand, the Chinese hold dragon parades, acrobatic dances and firecrackers.
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3. Taste The Tinge Of Flavors – Fruit Festival
The fruit festival is celebrated in the end of May in Chanthaburi, Thailand. Have you ever heard about the extravaganza of fruits? This festival is an excellent epitome of fruit variety. From the basic dragon fruit to the Queen of fruits, Mangosteen, here you can have all of them. The best part of this festival is that you can try and buy them. All of them are homegrown and are pretty unique to the visitors. At this place, you can also try Durian, which is considered to be the King of fruits. Without recreation, a festival is always incomplete! To keep up to the entertainment quest, there are also live performances.
4. Bun Bung Fai (Rocket) Festival
One of the most spectacular festivals that must be experienced in the Thailand is the annual rocket festival (Bun Bung Fai), which takes place in the Northeast in May or June. The festival is seen as a way of encouraging the rains to fall which will help the local rice crops to grow. It also allows people to have a fun and festive break before the hard work of planting and harvesting begins. It is about the firing of homemade rockets up into the sky, individuals or teams competing against each other to send their rockets the highest. There are also parades with displays of traditional costume, floats and dancing.
Now that we’ve got a list of the best Thailand culture and traditions, it’s time to level up your adventure by immersing in Thai cuisine. Did any of these Thai festivals get you in the mood to try some Thai dishes and get a taste of Thai culture and cuisine?
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