Thailand is home for festivals and performances. Almost every month, at least one festival is held in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, or other cities in Thailand. Here are 7 Awesome Festivals in Thailand that you shouldn’t miss!
1. Bo Sang Umbrella Festival, Chiang Mai
Bo Sang Umbrella Festival is the major highlight attraction in Chiang Mai. This festival is annually held in the third week of January. Bo Sang, where this festival is held, produces umbrellas and earns good income out of them. In this festival, we can see local artisan masterpieces and some interesting attractions such as various live musics and dances, umbrella makingand painting, and food festival!
2. Chiang Mai Flower Festival
Still in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Do not miss this flower parade since this flower parade is one of the most beautiful parade in Thailand. There are more than 20 colorful boats (vehicles decorated like a boat)! The parade will be started at Ping River, Narawat Bridge and walk along Tha Phae Rd and end at Tha Phae Gate. Book your ticket, fly to Thailand in February and enjoy this flowery parade!
3. Songkran Thai New Year Water Festival
Songkran is the day when Thai people celebrate the traditional Thai New Year, which is celebrated on April 12-15 every year. This event is one of the important festivals in Thailand. Songkran, also called “Water Festival,” people believe by splashing or pouring water at one another as part of the cleansing ritual and can eradicate bad luck. You can join this Songkran celebration all over the country. Both Thailand citizens and foreign tourists can engage in a massive water war, shooting with water gun toys as the symbol of granting the New Year.
4. Phi Ta Khon Ghost Festival, Dan Sai, Loei
The Phi Ta Khon Festival is based on Animistic and Buddhist beliefs and usually performed on every first weekend after the sixth full moon. More than 500 people from 11 local communities will take part in this festival. Along with international traditional mask shows collaborations from seven countries, Laos, Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, Republic of Korea, India, and Thailand, even make this festival more interesting. This ghost festival is also presented with Bun Bang Fai which mystically believed will bring heavy rain, good crops, and happiness. Don’t forget to put this ghost festival on your June agenda!
5. Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival
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Ubon Ratchathani is one of the biggest and most beautiful festivals in Thailand, the Candle Festival in July. In this festival, all monks give their daily alms and return to their temple to study and meditate. Traditionally, Thai Buddhists bring offerings to temples for the monks, including candles. These candles are gradually becoming more complicated, evolving into modern wax festivals of great size as well.
6. Por Tor Festival, Phuket
Por Tor Festival or “Hungry Ghost” is usually held in July. People believe that in this festival, they should prepare food not only for their ancestors but also for the spirits. Every year today, Phuket celebrates the Por Tor Festival to thank and express their gratitude to ancestors. This habit has passed down from generation to generation.
7. Yi Peng Lantern Festival, Chiang Mai
Yi Peng (source: misstourist)
Yi Peng Festival is a tradition of releasing lanterns into the sky at night. Watching many lanterns that launched simultaneously into the air, slowly changed into thousands dots of light! This festival has became a spectacular sight and one of the most beautiful festivals in the world. Thai Buddhists believe that this ritual can throw away bad luck and misfortune especially if the lantern can disappear from view before the fire in it goes out. So, November is another good time to visit Thailand!