A visit to Thailand is a treat for the soul, complete with a diverse and beautiful landscape, the Buddhist culture of peace, prayer, and love, and delightful people perennially high on the spirit of celebrations. You can plan a trip to the ‘land of smiles’ practically any time of the year that’s suitable for you to catch the country caught in the throes of joyous celebrations.
Here are some Thailand festivals you can ideally mark your calendar with:
Songkran- Thai New Year
Songkran, when translated etymologically, means ‘astrological passage’. The festival marks April as the month for renewal of life, the springtime and therefore, the beginning of a new joyous year.
Traditionally, this is the time for cleaning the temples and Buddha statues, going back home to friends and families, and concluding the annual harvest in rural Thailand. In the present celebration scene, the cleansing rituals are born anew in livelier customs like water running in a splashing spree.
Make a memorable time enjoying at culture shows and beauty pageant put up by residents of Phra Pradaeng or at the water festival at the Ayutthaya Songkran Festival of the old capital.
Loi Krathong- The Lights Festival
The two-day long festival of lights event of November is a night of celebration going by the Thai Lunar Calendar. On this night, thousands of lights are sparked on little boats as an auspicious ritual and floated down rivers. People take part in decking up the boats made from the banana trunk and ornament them with flowers and leaves, often used are banana blossoms and lotus.
Head to Chiang Mai if you are in the country at this time to see enormous sky lanterns floating across horizons and people parading in regal costumes projecting their individual, mystical alter egos.
Chiang Mai Flower Festival
People who love it at Chiang Mai during the festival of lights usually do come back in February for the flower festival. Often referred to as the ‘rose of the north’, Chiang Mai lives up to its name with a great bloom of flowers in the wake of spring. The province lights up in different hues as vibrant moods of celebration overtake spirits. Thousand of blooms, aesthetic displays, and contests of flower decoration, refreshing bouquets and the special Thai orchids in lush displays make bright pictures from all corners of the place.
From the records of recent events in Thailand, the flower festival at Suan Buak Hat Park at Chiang Mai has been a spectacle to behold. All visitors invited to the venue this year too!
Koh Samui Regatta
If you are in Thailand for holidays you can’t be missing the sparkling oceans surrounding the country. The Koh Samui Regatta is a beach event featuring sailing, diving, cruising, and more adventures in the water.
The event happens in the month of May, attracting international tourists from all over the globe at this beautiful island and remains one of the most anticipated upcoming events in Thailand.