Thailand's Festivals 2010
Festivals and Public Holidays
G = Government Holiday
B = Bank Holiday
New Years Day: (Public
Lion Dance Festival:
2nd. and 4th. days after the Chinese New Year. Most colourful lion
and dragon dances are staged by the Chinese community all over Thailand.
One of the most impressive festivals is in Nakhon Sawan in Central
Makha Bucha 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).
Monday, 1 March 2010 (substitution)
The beginning of the Chinese lunar year is celebrated in the Chinatowns of every city throughout Thailand. Some businesses close for the day, but it is not a national holiday.
Chakri Memorial Day: The day to commemorate
the foundation of the present Chakri Dynasty in 1782. (Public Holiday).
|April 13 - 16
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
|April 13 - 19
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.
Songkran Day - Naklua
19. Songkran Day - Pattaya
National Labour Day:
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.
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.),
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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 (23rd Public Holiday ).
Rice Ploughing Ceremony:
presided over by the King or another member of the Royal Family.
This ancient Brahmanic ceremony is held at Sanam Luang in Bangkok
to mark the beginning of the planting season and to bless the farmers
with bumper harvests in the year.
Mid Year Closing Day: Non-Government
Buddhist Lent Day:
|Monday, 26 July
Asalha Puja Day
Commemorates the Buddha’s first sermon in the Deer Park in Benares and the founding of the Buddhist sangha.
Sart Chin Day:
Asarnha Bucha Day: on the full moon
day is the day when Buddha have his first five disciples after his
Enlightenment (Public Holiday).
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
H.M. the Queen's Birthday:
streets and public buildings in Bangkok and all over Thailand
are decorated with the portrait of the Queen (Public Holiday).
Buffalo Races: held in the capital
of the Chonburi province on the Eastern Seaboard.
is held to commemorate the death of King Chulalongkorn the Great
(Rama V) who passed away in 1910 (24th Public Holiday).
Monday, 25 October 2010 (Substitude)
Awk Pansa Day:
End of Buddhist
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.
|The River Kwai Bridge Week:
It is held in
Kanchanaburi province to commemorate the horrible ordeal suffered
in the construction of the Death Railway to be used by the Japanese
army as a route of supply from Thailand to Burma in World War II.
The festival features a historical exhibition, fun fair, bazaar
and exciting light & sound presentation.
The River Kwai Bridge Festival
Presentation of Monk’s Robes after Rains Retreat.
Saturday, 23 October
|( 26 Nov.-07 Dec.)
Round-up: 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.
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Surin Elephant roundup
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).
6 December 2010 (Substitution)
Celebrates the date in 1932 when the country was granted its
New Year's Eve: (Public Holiday)