Thailand, also dubbed the Land of Smiles, holds an everlasting paradise filled with soft white-sand beaches, elephant-packed jungles, and moreover, one of the most amazing yearly spectacular festivals. These festivals have been regarded as a nation’s treasure to inherit a tradition that has been passed down from generation to generation.
Imagine yourself walking through the streets of Thailand and observing these festivals directly. Families and friends get together to enjoy the festivities with delicious food in hand. Experience true Thai lifestyle with our list of the most spectacular Thailand festivals.
Songkran (Thai New Year's Festival)
The Thai have a very unique way in celebrating the new year. Instead of using fireworks, they use water to celebrate this special Thailand Festival called Songkran. During the daytime, locals would go pay their respects at the temples by offering home-cooked meals and pour water over Buddha statues to celebrate the Thailand festival. The water used on the occasion is meant to symbolize the cleansing of one’s self to greet the brand-new year.
The young generation of Thailand favors this particular ‘water’ Thailand festival for its three-day giant water fight. All of the people in the country make their way down the streets to attack each other with water guns, hoses, and balloons. Tourists are also allowed to join in the water battle. Besides water fights, there would also be a parade of Buddha statues, monks, and floats passing through the streets.
Be aware of this Thailand festival or you’ll get cold ice water dumped right on your head.
Yi Peng Festival (Lantern Festival)
Yi Peng, often referred to as the festival of lights, may be one of the most enthralling festivals in Thailand. When you enjoy this Thailand festival on hand, you’ll probably feel like Disney’s Princess Rapunzel. The Thai celebrate this festival as a way to erase bad memories in order to wish for a better future.
According to the South China Morning Post in November 2020, about 1,500 people joined in on this Thailand festival that also marked the end of the rainy season. In celebration of this Thailand festival, people set the lights into lanterns and release them into the sky. It is said that if the lantern doesn’t go out before it is lost out of sight, then bad luck and misfortune will float away along into the air. Meanwhile, some people set the lanterns floating down lakes and rivers.
If you’re into serene sightings at nighttime with your loved ones, you should try going to this Thailand festival when you’ve got the chance.
Phi Tha Kon (Ghost Festival)
Phi Tha Kon is a special festival in honor to the Northern Thai’s belief in spirits and the supernatural. This Thailand festival may be compared to Mexico’s Day of The Dead. A three-day occasion when people dressed up as ghosts in colorful costumes and masks with long noses on the first day as part of inviting the spirit river to protect them from danger and misfortune. As they walk through the parade, the bells around their waist chime, announcing the arrival of spirits while holding swords and phallic charms.
On the second day of this Thailand festival, the people fill rockets with good tokens and fire them up to the sky to pray for rain. Finally, the last day is when Buddhist monks gather to hold special sermons about Lord Buddha. In case you’re wondering, Phi Tha Kon is a celebrated Thailand festival in remembrance of a Buddhist tale. The tale goes that the Buddha goes on a long journey during his past life as a prince. When he returned, the people were overjoyed and celebrated with him that it also woke the dead.
The Lopburi (Monkey Buffet Festival)
In the city of Lopburi, a Thailand festival is held just to honor monkeys, specifically the long-tailed macaques. The people believed that monkeys are the descendants of the legendary Hanoman, who once saved the wife of Lord Ram from a demon. Ever since, the people believed monkeys to be a symbol of good luck and allowed the monkeys to inhabit the city.
During this Thailand festival, people would set up a long table full of fruits, vegetables, and sticky rice for these monkeys. While the monkeys eat, they are also serenaded with live performances of music and dance on this frivolous Thailand festival. However, be very careful on your visit to the city because the town is apparently home to various monkeys and apes in which tend to be aggressive sometimes.
You especially wouldn’t want to get caught in the middle of a monkey-fight.
Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival
The Candle Festival is a special Thailand festivity celebrated in the start of the Green season. It is necessary, according to traditions, to prepare for the rainy season by donating personal goods for the monks. This Thailand festival consists of a parade on the streets presenting floats with scenes of Hindu and Buddhist mythology crafted on the figures made of candle wax. The candles are crafted a couple of days before the commencement.
Which Thailand festival are you going to?
You haven’t gone to Thailand yet if you haven’t experienced these amazing Thailand festivals. Despite being a small country, Thailand is known for its widely diverse culture. Get to know more about their culture by learning the language itself.
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