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Below you find countdowns to both religious and secular events, local as well as nationwide.

Religious holidays are scheduled by the Moonphase



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Thailand is well known for the many festivals and Buddhist Holidays through the year. Most of the festivals are celebrated nationwide (i.e. Songkran and Loy Krathong) other festivals are regional or local. All of the events attracts huge crowds of people.

New Year's Eve

Is one of the largest global celebrations because it marks the last day of the year in the Gregorian calendar, December 31st, before the New Year.

In Nong Khai, it's celebrated almost like any other place in the world, with massive displays of fireworks both official and private. Anyone with a few bath to spare runs off to the outlets to buy their own fireworks. People gather at the riverbank promenade to watch the fireworks.

The New Year celebrations to be extended with one day for the coming New Year. Read MORE

 

Fireworks on New Years eve.
Fireballons
Children's Day  Thailand postage stamps.

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Wan Dek the Children’s Day

 

The second Saturday in January is assigned as Children's Day . It's a day when kids get blessings from relatives and are by and large treated with much more warmth than typical. Kids' Day implies that numerous vacation spots see a flood of families who can exploit free or lessened section costs for adolescents.

 

On the Friday before Children's Day, schools all through Thailand lay on extraordinary occasions. More youthful youngsters partake in move appears and educators pass out presents to the understudies. In the same way as other occasions in Thailand, the accentuation is on Sanuk and it is surely a charming occasion for grown-ups and in addition youngsters.

Chinese New Year

 

Thai individuals welcome any reason to celebrate and have Sanuk,

so why not have three New Year festivities; the western New Year

in January, the Chinese New Year in January/February and the

Thai New Year (Songkran) in April.

 

Despite the fact that it's never been an official occasion in Thailand,

Chinese New Year is praised all through the nation and not simply by

the individuals who can assert Chinese legacy.

 

A few eateries and organizations in specific ranges may close,

yet somewhere else it will be the same old thing. Guests to Thailand

amid Chinese New Year can hope to hear a lot of sparklers going off.

You will likewise see that numerous Thai individuals dress in red and

hand out Ang Pao (small red envelopes with cash ).

Ang Pao, small envelopes with cash.
Chinese New year streetparade
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Makha Bucha Day

 

Is an imperative open occasion in Thailand which remembers the occasion

where 1,250 of the Lord Buddha's followers suddenly accumulated to hear

him lecture. This specific occasion, for the most part, falls in February

or March, yet like numerous Buddhist occasions the correct date changes

relying upon the lunar cycle. (February 11th, 2017)

 

In the morning, Thai Buddhists may make justify by offering charity

to ministers. At night, sanctuaries will be occupied and numerous

Thai Buddhists will play out the flame function known as wian tian

(wian=circle tian=candle). This includes a man holding a lit light,

incense, and blossoms as they stroll around the principle bot of

the sanctuary.

 

Government workplaces are shut and numerous bars and clubs

will tone down their exercises for the day which could mean no music and no liquor.

1,250 of the Lord Buddha’s disciples.
Monks carrying lit candels on Makha Bucha day.

National Thai Elephant Day

 

The elephant is one of the persisting images of Thailand with the

Thai elephant (chang Thai) assuming an imperative part of the

history and culture of the nation. In 1998 the Thai powers choose

to formally perceive the hugeness of the creature by assigning

March 13 as National Thai Elephant Day. On this day, different

occasions occur in zoos and elephant stops all through the nation

with a few parks treating their elephants to gigantic dinners of foods

grown from the ground stick. At times, Buddhist services will be held

with the point of bringing good fortunes for the elephant and its mahout (handler).

 

Numerous Thai sanctuaries highlight delineations of elephants. In Buddhist legend, it is trusted that Queen Maya (mother of the Buddha) was just ready to consider in the wake of having a fantasy that a white elephant entered inside her. This is the reason the white elephant is viewed as exceedingly favorable and appreciates imperial status in Thailand. Buddhism in Thailand additionally joins components of Hindu convictions and it is basic to see hallowed places to Hindu divine beings and gods. Ganesh (the Hindu god with an elephant's head) and Erawan (the elephant mount of Indra) are regularly delineated in holy places and at sanctuaries in Thailand.

 

Guests to Thailand won't neglect to notice delineations of elephants

with the animals showing up on a scope of ordinary articles going from

road lights to trinkets. Visitors registering with some

Thai inns will be welcomed by towel elephants while eateries and cafés

in Thailand may likewise include elephants on plates or glasses.

 

The elephant has shown up on the national banner when the nation was

known as Siam and a white elephant still shows up on the ensign of the Royal Thai Navy.

Elephants comunicating in their natural habitat.
Thai elephant mother with a young one.

Chakri Day

 

April 6th. is Chakri Day in Thailand, an open occasion which celebrates the establishing day of the imperial Chakri Dynasty of which the late Thai ruler, HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej, was the ninth lord (Rama IX).

 

On Chakri Day, the ruler and different individuals from the illustrious family direct a religious service respecting the past rulers. Thai individuals are for the most part exceptionally devoted and Chakri Day is an occasion which gives numerous individuals the chance to pay regards to the different rulers who assumed imperative parts in molding Thailand. Albeit every one of the rulers is considered to have made huge commitments in some frame, I've recorded brief points of interest of the most noticeable rulers in the Chakri Dynasty

Songkran or Thai New Year

 

The yearly Songkran Festival which invites in the customary Thai New Year

is one of those occasions that must be knowledgeable about the individual

to start to value the tremendousness of the scene and the uniqueness of

the event. In Thailand, Songkran is a yearly across the nation party with

energetic water-battles softening out up towns and urban areas the length

and broadness of the nation. While it's the water battles and gathering

environment that justifiably catches the creative energy of most voyagers,

there is a great deal more to the celebrations. The Songkran Festival is an

occasion saturated with convention and significance for Thai Buddhists.

 

In antiquated times the date of Songkran shifted by sun oriented and

lunar logbook. The word Songkran is gotten from the Sanskrit dialect

and signifies 'move into', alluding to the circle of the sun moving into

each of the places of the zodiac. In Thailand, the word Songkran

has come to be recognized particularly with the sun moving into Aries

in April denoting the end of a 12-month cycle and the start of another

sun oriented year. Nowadays the dates for the yearly Songkran

New Year Water Festival in Thailand are altered for April 13-15.

These dates are likewise an open occasion in Thailand. The authority

Songkran occasion dates all through Thailand are April 13-15,

but many cities extends Songkran with 2-3 days,

if it coincide with a weekend.

 

Today, Songkran is broadly connected with water tossing. This can

continue for only one day in spots in the south, yet can keep going for

a week or more in ranges of the north and east. It won't appear

it when that first downpour of super cold water hits your face, yet

getting a decent dousing is intended to be good fortunes. The water

affiliation has various implications. Water is tossed to wash down and

purge every one of the ills, mishap, and wrongdoing of the earlier year,

in this manner giving a fresh start to the new year ahead. Tossing water

amid Songkran is additionally connected with richness. It is a period

when Thai individuals generally hoped to bring on the downpours for rice

development and guarantee an effective and plentiful gather.

The merriments were additionally a period for romance in days passed

by and the pattern proceeds with today, however not generally in very

such a customary way!

Songkran- Wet Wet and Wild
Playing with water during Songkran.
A more modest way of celebrating Songkran.
Even the Elephants participate in Songkran.

Visakha Bucha Day

 

There are various critical Buddhist occasions consistently, yet the most noteworthy in Thailand is Visakha Bucha Day on May 10th. 2017. This day celebrates three characterizing occasions in the life of the Lord Buddha which all happened on the full-moon day of the 6th lunar month. The Visakha full moon denotes the day on which Buddha was conceived, achieved his edification 35 years after the fact and the day he kicked the bucket and entered Nirvana 45 years after that.

 

Visakha Bucha Day is an open occasion in Thailand. The date isn't altered in light of the fact that it relies on upon the lunar logbook, yet for the most part, falls in May or June. It's a day when most Thai Buddhists will visit their neighborhood sanctuary to make justify. Since it's such an essential Buddhist day in Thailand there are additionally confinements on liquor deals which imply that a most bars and clubs close for the day.

Asahna Bucha Day

 

This open occasion in Thailand denotes the day when the Lord Buddha conveyed his first sermon at Benares in India more than 2,500 years back. The correct date of the occasion is controlled by the waxing moon and the lunar months, yet is typically held in July or August. The Buddha lectured his first sermon at a deer stop and from this sermon the Dharma (tenet) of the Buddha was symbolized as a wheel. The Dharmachakra is otherwise called the Wheel of Life and can be seen on banners in sanctuaries and structures the whole way across Thailand. So also, pictures or models of deer can frequently be seen at sanctuaries or in portrayals of the Buddha.

 

In the same way as other Buddhist celebrations and occasions, Asana Bucha (additionally composed as Asalha Puja and different mixes) is a day when Thai Buddhists will make legitimacy and visit the nearby Wat (sanctuary). Customarily, candles are among the things gave to the Wat for Asahna Bucha and parades including candles are held in different towns in Thailand. The custom goes back to the times before power where an additional light was required at the sanctuary amid the darker days of the stormy season. Neighborhood individuals will likewise 'wian tian' which includes strolling around the wat with a lit light, lotus blooms, and incense. The day after Asana Bucha is another noteworthy day with Wan Khao Phansa denoting the begin of the three-month "Phansa" period which is some of the time alluded to as 'Buddhist Lent'.

 

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Wan Khao Phansa

 

The day after Asana Bucha is another imperative day in the Buddhist schedule. The day is called Wan Khao Phansa and marks the start of the three-month long stretch known as Phansa which is the Buddhist withdraw period and is in some cases alluded to as 'Buddhist Lent'. The Phansa downpours withdraw marks a period in the stormy season when friars would generally limit themselves to the sanctuary and its quick encompasses. Indeed, even before the season of Buddha, the heavenly men that meandered the land would stay away from superfluous go amid the developing season so they didn't harm crops. In Thailand, this custom was kept up with the coming of Buddhism. These days, ministers will at present be found in the daytime, yet amid the Phansa period they will rest at similar sanctuary instead of going from place to put.

 

Wan Khao Phansa and the withdraw period is a famous time for Thai young men and men to end up appointed as friars. For the greater part of those being appointed, joining the monkhood is only a transitory measure which satisfies the desires of family and accomplishes justify for all concerned. The start of the withdraw period is additionally a period when Thai Buddhists will make gifts to the nearby wat and may show recharged responsibility to Buddhism. A typical method for doing this is to attempt and refrain from meat, liquor or tobacco for three months. The withdraw period closes in October with Awk Phansa.

 

Queen’s Birthday and Mother’s Day

 

August 12 is an annual public holiday in Thailand in honour of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit’s birthday.

HM Queen Sirikit is said to be the ‘Mother of the Nation’ which is why her birthday on August 12 is also celebrated as Mother’s Day (Wan Mae) in Thailand.

Awk Phansa

 

marks the end of the three-month Buddhist Lent period and the conventional end of the blustery season. The last day of the Buddhist Lent time frame falls on the full-moon day of the eleventh lunar moon and is referred to in many parts of Thailand as Awk Phansa, despite the fact that there are some local varieties. As indicated by Buddhist conviction, the day recognizes when Buddha plunged back to earth subsequent to burning through three months in paradise where he had gone to his mom. His arrival was welcomed by his supporters with blessings of sustenance and today Thai Buddhists check the occasion by going to the Wat and making merit. Distinctive districts have their own particular manner of denoting the event, yet it's basic right now of year to see sorted out dragon-boat races.

Chinese Dragon Festival

 

Or put more correctly the "Chinese Ceremonial Lion Festival".

 

The festival begins on the 31st of October and lasts until ninth

 

of November. This is a commonly Chinese celebration when groups

 

of lions, phantoms with enormous white confront, mythical beasts

 

and some uncommonly uproarious drummers go to every last Chinese

 

business to bring good fortunes for the coming year. The city is

 

loaded with a clamor of commotion as a huge number of wafers are

 

embarked to messenger favorable luck and to avert abhorrently

 

spirits. A wide range of topics of Chinese culture is reflected.

 

Mandarins and their elegant spouses, aerialists and moving young ladies, plus Chinese divinities and Guan Yin, the goddess of benevolence, with her orderlies sitting on white lotus blossoms.It is a period when the ordinarily more segregated Chinese Temple, Sala Jao Phu Ya, turns into the most conspicuous sanctuary in Nong Khai, with much copying of apparition cash and petitions for perished precursors, and when the normally calm Chinese school has an evening time show of aerobatic exhibition and a magnificent market and Chinese Opera to raise cash for the coming year.

Chinese Dragon at nightfall.
Chinese Dragon
Ladies getting ready to float their Krathongs.
A family preparing to send their Krathong down the stream.
Celebrating Loy Krathong

 

Loy Krathong

 

Is probably Thailand’s most beautiful and enchanting festival. The word loy (or loi) means to float, whilst Krathong are small rafts or baskets. Traditionally made from banana leaves or the bark of a banana tree, the Krathongs usually contain a candle, incense and flowers. The person who will be floating the Krathong will often take a small clipping of their hair or fingernail which will then be added to the krathong together with some coins. The candle and incense, are then lit and a wish is made before the Krathong is placed on the nearest stretch of water. It is believed that the Krathong carries away bad luck and signals a fresh start. (A Thai woman once told the Autor "It's like sending past boyfriends down the stream".) (This year -2016- Loy Krathong is

celebrated under the brightest and largest Super Full Moon

seen for 69 years.)

 

 

 

 

 

Loi Krathongs beeing floated

King Chulalongkorn Day

 

October 23rd. of every year is a national holiday in Thailand as it marks “King Chulalongkorn Day" or known in Thai as "Wan Piyamaharaj Day". It is the memorial day of the passing away of King Chulalongkorn, otherwise known as King Rama V. King Chulalongkorn led several major reforms in Thailand, for example in the areas of Thai educational system, military affairs, State Railway and Slave Liberation Act without bloodshed in Thailand.

Constitution Day in Thailand

 

December 10 is an open occasion in Thailand to recognize Constitution Day. The centrality of the date backtracks to 1932 and a period of awesome change in Siam (the previous name for Thailand) which brought about the end of the outright government.

 

In the mid-1930s, the Siamese economy were experiencing the impacts of the Great Depression and the ruler, King Prajadhipok (Rama VII), was seen by some as excessively youthful and unpracticed, making it impossible to manage the different issues confronting the nation. In June 1932, a bloodless overthrow was driven by a gathering of educated people and military men known as the People's Party. A final offer and a temporary constitution was introduced to the ruler. Regardless of an underlying refusal, the ruler signed the contract and in doing as such finished the total government in Siam. The interior question among the People's Party and restriction from the Palace brought about another and amended lasting constitution being concurred which was properly marked by King Rama VII on December 10, 1932. The government would no longer have any say in government and rather would be a protected government. Be that as it may, the hallowed and sacred nature of the government was built up.

 

Since 1932, Thailand have seen various overthrows and political changes which have brought about new contracts and constitutions. By and by, each contract and constitution has perceived the exceptional part of the government in which the lord is perceived as the Head of State,

Head of the Armed Forces and Upholder of All Religions.

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