Pattaya City Thailand, Festivals and Public Holidays

 Thailand's Festivals 2010

 Festivals and Public Holidays

G = Government Holiday
B = Bank Holiday

January 1.
New Years Day: (Public Holiday)


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 Thailand.
February 28.
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)

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water festival

Water Festival

February 14
Chinese New Year

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.

March 21

Vernal equinox

April 06.
Chakri Memorial Day: The day to commemorate the foundation of the present Chakri Dynasty in 1782. (Public Holiday).


April 13 - 16
Songkran-Festival: 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
Pattaya Festival:
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.
18. Songkran Day - Naklua
19. Songkran Day - Pattaya
songkran festival

May 1.
National Labour Day:


May 2nd
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.

May 5.
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.),    

G B  07 in Lieu

ploughing ceremony
Ploughing Ceremony
May 28.
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 ).


May 09.
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. 
July 1.
Mid Year Closing Day: Non-Government Holiday


July 27.
Buddhist Lent Day:
more information


rocket festival
Rocket Festival
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.
 August 15
Sart Chin Day:
(Ghost Festival)
July 07.
Asarnha Bucha Day: on the full moon day is the day when Buddha have his first five disciples after his Enlightenment (Public Holiday).
more information


July 18.
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
August 12.
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.

October 14.
Democracy Day:

October 23
Chulalongkorn Day: 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)

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October 22.
Awk Pansa Day:
End of Buddhist Lent
November 20.
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.  more information
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
The River Kwai Bridge festival

Thod Kathin

Presentation of Monk’s Robes after Rains Retreat. Saturday, 23 October

( 26 Nov.-07 Dec.)
Surin Elephant 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
Surin Elephant roundup

December 5.
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).
Monday, 6 December 2010 (Substitution)


December 10.
Constitution Day:
Celebrates the date in 1932 when the country was granted its first constitution.
(Public Holiday).


December 31
New Year's Eve: (Public Holiday)


Pattaya City Thailand, Festivals and Public Holidays