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Holidays and Festivals in Thailand

13 April 2009 by Anna Staford

Travelling to Thailand

Thai Calendar In 1940, Thailand moved its New Year's Day from April 13th to January 1st. The old New Year is still a holiday called Songkran. Years are counted as the Buddhist era (B.E.) which started 543 years earlier than the Christian era; therefore 2002 A.D. is the year 2545 B.E.

New Year's Day, 1st January In Thailand there are three New Year's days. The Western, on Jan 1st, the Chinese New Year on the first day of the First Lunar month, usually in February and the Thai New Year marked by the Songkhran festival in April. Thais usually exchange gifts on January 1st.

January - Legends of a Kingdom Mekong Sunrise The First Sunrise of the Land - Ubon Ratchatani and Amnat Charoen 1st December 2003 - 31st February 2004

San Kamphang: Land of arts and craftsmanship - San Kamphang, Chiang Mai 16th - 18th January 2004

River of Kings - Bangkok 22nd January - 8th February

Bangkok Film Festival - Bangkok 22nd January - 2nd February

February - Flower Paradise Flower Festival Chiang Mai city, Chiang Mai 6th - 8th February

Carnival and Fireworks Pattaya City, Chonburi 13th - 15th February

March - Summer Music and Sports Thai Kite, Sports and Music Festival -Sanam Luang, Bangkok 1st March - 2nd April

International Drums Festival - Sanam Luang, Bangkok 5th - 7th March

ASEAN Zebra Dove Cooing Competition -Yala Town, Yala 5th - 7th March

Pattaya Music Festival - Pattaya City, Chonburi 19th - 21st March

Thai and International Kite Festival - Hua Hin, Prachuap Kiri Khan 13-14th March

April - Songkran Spendours Chiang Mai Arts and Cultural Fair - Chiang Mai City 1st - 9th April

Songkran Festival - All provinces 13th - 15th April

May - Thai Fruit Festival Royal Poughing Ceremony - Sanam Luang, Bangkok 7th May

Trad Fruits and Products Festival - Trad City, Trad May

Rayong Fruits and Products Festival - Rayong City, Rayong May - June

Chantaburi Fruits and Products Festival - Chantaburi City, Chantaburi May - June

Rocket Festival - Yasathon City, Yasathon 14th - 16th May

Visakha Bucha Festival - Beginning of Buddhist Lent - Bangkok and most provinces 14th - 16th May

June - Green Adventure Samui Festival - Samui Island, Surathani June

Krajiew Flower Festival - Chaiyapum 15th June - 31st July

Hua Hin Jazz Festival - Hua Hin, Prachuap Kiri Khan 18th - 20th June

Phi Ta Khon Festival - Dan Sai, Loei 19th - 21st June

July - Timeless Thailand Elegance International Pattaya Marathon - Pattaya City, Chonburi 18th July

Flower Alms Offering Festival - Phra Phuttabat, Saraburi 31st July - 1st August

Candle Festival - Ubon Ratchathani City, Ubon Ratchthani 31st July - 1st August

August - Fun Fair The Queen's Birthday - Mother's Day - Nationwide 12th August

Mountain Bike Championship 2004 - Bhumipon Dam, Tak 28th - 29th August

Songkhla Marathon - Singhanakhon, Songkhla 29th August

September - Boat Races King's Cup Elephant Polo - Somdej Phra Srisuriyothai Camp, Prachuap Kirikan 8th - 12th September

King's Cup Ko Lae Boat Race - Narathiwat City, Narathiwat 21st - 25th September

Yarowat Food Festival - Yarowat (China Town), Bangkok 25th September

October -The Magnificent Mekong River Vegetarian Festival - Phuket Island 13th - 22nd October

Illuminated Boat Procession - Nakon Phanom City, Nakon Phanom 23rd - 27th October

Rup Bua Festival - Bang Phli, Samut Prakan 26th - 28th October

Buffalo Race - Chonburi City, Chonburi 27th October

Naga Fireball Festival - Phon Pisai, Nong Khai 28th October

November - Loy Krathong Bua Tong Blossom Festival - Khun Yaum, Mae Hong Son 14th - 16th May

Sunflower Festival - Lopburi and Saraburi 1st November - 14th February 2005

Nan Long-tailed Boat Races - Nan City , Nan 6th - 7th November

Surin Elephant Round up - Surin City, Surin 20th - 21st November

Loy Krathong & Candle Festival - Sukhothai and Nationwide 22nd - 26th November

Yi Peng Lantern Festival - Chiang Mai City, Chiang Mai 25th - 27th November

Ploenchit Fair - BEC-Tero Hall, Suan Lum Bazaar, Bangkok.

Fun for all the family with a taste of Great Britain. 20th November

Bangkok Marathon 28th November

December - Thailand Extravaganza & Royal Ceremonies Of all the wonders of Thailand nothing can equal the love and respect of the people for their King

Trooping of the Colour - Their Majesties the King and Queen preside over this annual event which is held in the Royal Plaza, Bangkok. 2nd December

H.M. King's Birthday - Father's Day - People demonstrate their respect for King with flags, displays and other tributes. Sanam Luang, Bangkok 5th December

Constitution Day - This marks the day in 1932, when the monarchy became constitutional, the very beginning of democracy on Thailand.

10th December

Fishing Festival - Trat province 10th - 12th December

Ayutthaya World Heritage Celebration - Phra Nakon, Si Ayutthaya 13th - 19th December

Night Paradise and Countdown to 2005 - Bangkok, Had Yai, Song Khla and nationwide

31st December

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