January New Years Day - January
celebrated throughout the kingdom.
February Magha Puja Day - Feb 19,
is a Buddhist holy day that is honored
April Songkran Festival - around April 12-15,
festival celebrates the Thai New Year, includes various
religious activities and lasts for several days. Also during this
time the whole city takes time off to stand in the streets to throw
water and powder on passerbys.
Phra That Kham Kaen Religious
Festival - In April during
the full moon, (Amphoe Nam Pong) people travel from afar to pay their
respects. This festival includes cultural performances and local
Dok Khoon Siang Khaen Flower Festival - April 13,
(Khon Kaen) this yearly
festival is held for seven days at Bung Kaen Nakhon
featuring Issan music and entertainment.
Bun Bangfai Rocket Festival - May, (Yasothon)
to ensure plenty of rain during the upcoming rice
planting season, rockets made out of bamboo and
gunpowder are sent skyward to the applause of the crowd.
Visakha Puja - May, (Nationwide)
this religious holiday is the holiest of all in
Thailand marking the birth and enlightenment of
June Phii Ta Khon Festival - June,
this Buddhist holiday commemorates Prince
Vessadorn and the spirits who accompanied his
July Candle Festival - July, (Ubon Ratchathani)
beeswax candles are taken to the temples to
celebrate the monks entering the Buddhist Rains Retreat
Asalha Puja - July, (Nationwide)
- commemorates Buddha's first sermon after
Day - July, (Nationwide)
- on this day the monks enter the temple and do not
leave for three months.
August The Royal Birthday Anniversary of H.M. the Queen - August 12,
are adorned in many fascinating combinations of light
to celebrate this birthday.
October Wax Castle and Boat Racing Festival - October,
(Sakhon Nakhon) rainy
season is officially over and the villagers celebrate by
carving intricate beeswax models of miniature Buddhist temples and
shrines, and after merit making the annual regatta
Ban Chiang Civilization Festival (5000 years) - October,
(Udon Thani) is an
academic and cultural festival that celebrates the Bronze
Age of Ban Chiang.
November Phimai Long Boat Races and Festival - November,
(Khorat)performances of local music,
consumption of food, bartering for local products and long
boat races are the highlights.
Surin Elephant Round Up -
come and see the elephant hunt, tug-of-war, the
parade and much more.
Loi Kratong - November,
this is the time to make merit by floating a banana
leaf boat with a candle that is brightly light.
Fireworks and music follow.
December Silk Fair -
Last week of November - 1st week of December,
(Khon Kaen) this
festival lasts for around 12 days with various vendors
selling their wares, not only limited to silk. It is held in front of
City Hall and the surrounding area are blocked off
for pedestrian traffic only. Entertainment, food, and drinks are
Royal Birthday Anniversary of H.M. the King -
(Nationwide) the Thai
People have great respect for their King and on this
day the buildings throughout the land are lavishly decorated with
lights, with celebrations throughout the kingdom.