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January 1 : New Year (Piblc Holiday)
January/February : Lion Dance Festival
February 26 : Makha Pucha Day
on the full moon day is one of the holiest Buddhist holidays and marks the occasion when 1,250 saint-disciples of the Buddha spontaneously gathered to hear his preaching (Public Holiday).
The day to commemorate the foundation of the present Chakri Dynasty in 1782. (Public Holiday 8. in lieu of Saturday 6.)
April 13 - 15 : Songkran-Festival
The traditional Thai New Year, joyfully celebrated throughout the country with rituals of merit making, cleaning houses, honouring elders, parades of dancers and boat races. What makes the festival most interesting is water splashing, an amusing way to make you cool in the hot season. It is celebrated in a grand way in Chiang Mai (Public Holiday
Songkran is a Thai traditional New Year which starts on April 13 every year and lasts for 3 days. Songkran festival on April 13 is Maha Songkran Day or the day to mark the end of the old year, April 14 is Wan Nao which is the day after and April 15 is Wan Thaloeng Sok which the New Year begins. At this time, people from the rural areas who are working in the city usually return home to celebrate the festival. Thus, when the time come, Bangkok temporarily turns into a deserted city.
April 13 - 19 : Pattaya Festival
in Thailand’s world-famous seaside resort puts on its most festive face for this annual event, held at the height of the summer season. Food and floral floats, beauty contest and a spectacular display of fireworks on beach are only a few highlights.
May 1: National Labour Day(Public Holiday)
May 2nd : Rocket Festival
is a unique festival of the Northeast most elaborately celebrated in Yosathon province. Bamboo rockets are launched as an annual plea to gods for plenty of rainfall in the rainy season.
May 5 : Coronation Day
the day when the reigning King Bhumibol was crowned as the 9th king of the Chakri Dynasty in 1950. King Bhumibol is the longest reigning monarch in the world (Public Holiday 6. in lieu of Sunday 5.),
May 26 : Visakha Bucha
on the full moon is one of the most important Buddhist holiday. On this day in different years the Buddha was born, attained Enlightenment and entered Nirvana (Public Holiday 27. in lieu of Sunday 26.).
July 1 : Mid Year Closing Day
July 6 : Buddhist Lent Day
July 24 : Asarnha Bucha Day
on the full moon day is the day when Buddha have his first five disciples after his Enlightenment (Public Holiday).
July 25 : Khao Phansa Day
on the day following Asarnha Bucha Day is the first day of the three-month period of Rains Retreat when monks meditate and study the doctrine of Buddha 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 (Public Holiday).
August 12 : H.M. the Queen’s Birthday
On 12th August it is the Queen’s Birthday and Thailand’s Mother Day. As she is regarded as the mother of all Thai people, we also celebrate Mother’s Day on this same day. All Thai nationals look forward to participating in any activities initiated to remind everybody of every mother as `a giver’.
October 23 : Chulalongkorn Day
is held to commemorate the death of King Chulalongkorn the Great (Rama V) who passed away in 1910 (Public Holiday).
November : Loy Krathong Festival
celebrated on the full moon night is probably the most romantic festival in Thailand. 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.
November 26 : The River Kwae Bridge Week
Each year in late November to early December, the world famous River Kwae Bridge, which was built by Allied prisoners-of-war during World War II , becomes the focal point of celebrations. Highlights include historical and archaeological exhibitions, a carnival, folk and cultural performances, rides on World War II vintage trains, and a spectacular light and sound presentation re-enacting the bridge’s World War II history.
November 26 : Surin Elephant Round-up Week
A north-eastern province, Surin is famous not only for its greatest number of elephants in Thailand, but also for its world - famous elephant round-up. The show features elephant football, elephant race and hunt, elephants in ancient battle and demonstrations of their strength and skills.
December 5 : H.M. the King’s Birthday
It is also observed as National Day. Huge crowds gather at Sanam Luang and on Ratchadamnoen Road in Bangkok on the evening of the 4th and 5th to celebrate jubilantly (Public Holiday).
December 10: Constitution Day(Public Holiday)
December 31 : New Year’s Eve(Public Holiday)
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