Are you planning to go somewhere to enjoy the celebration of a festival? If so, Thailand, which is fondly known as the ‘Land of Smiles', is just for you. Situated in the south eastern part of Asia, this country is counted among the most visited tourist destinations in the world.
5 of the Best Festivals of Thailand
It is known to most people that culture is the brand of a country. The culture of Thailand is rich, vibrant and colorful. Several festivals of this amazing country are a must visit for the tourists. To help you to maximize your enjoyment, I have enlisted the top 5 amazing festivals of Thailand.
1. Chiang Mai Flower Festival
To symbolize the end of the cool season, this 3 day long flowery festival is celebrated. The public garden of Suan Buak Haad in Chiang Mai is the venue of this flower festival. On the eve of this amazing festival, the garden is adorned with blooming white orchids, white and yellow chrysanthemums, the Damask Rose (a variety only found in Chiang Mai) and other charming flowers.
Celebration Spot: Chiang Mai
Celebration Time: 1st Weekend of February
Attractions: The highlight of this charming festival is the Flower Festival Parade, occurring during the celebration of this festival. While passing through the city, the parade is enjoyed with the charmingly prepared flower floats. The Miss Chiang Mai Flower Festival competition is also a major attraction.
Celebrated in each April and symbolized by the sprinkling of water, Songkran, which commemorates the traditional Thai New Year, is a homage to water, the most significant of all the elements. The people of different areas of Thailand enjoy this festival in various ways.
Celebration Spot: all over Thailand
Celebration Time: 13th to 15th April
Attractions: The water fight is the main feature of this festival. On this occasion, people throw water at each other so that they can get rid of their bad luck and smear white chalk on one another as a form of blessing. In spite of sounding civil, this festival leads the people to get wild.
3. Phi Ta Khon
Often referred to as the ‘Ghost Festival’, Phi Ta Khon is celebrated by men dressing in frightening masks to scare away the spirits that were awoken. On this occasion, they dance with bells and long sticks.
Celebration Spot: Dan Sai district of Loei province, Isan
Celebration Time: till more than three days once anytime between March and July
Attractions: Occurring on the 2nd day of the festival, the Phi Ta Khon parade, where men dress in frightening costumes while dancing in the parade, is the major attraction of this festival.
4. Loi Krathong
Celebrated each year in all the regions pertaining to the Thai cultures, Loi Krathong is marked by floating a decorated basket onto the river. While this festival is celebrated as a mark of apology to the river gods, the name of the particular god is not clear.
Celebration Spot: celebrated in the entire Thailand as well as Southeast Asian countries pertaining to Tai cultures
Celebration Time: Each November
Attractions: A charming and surprising experience of this festival is to let go of the Karthong (to float a basket) and light the hot air balloon lantern.
5. Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival
Being the most elaborate of the traditional parading of candles to wats (temples), the Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival, is celebrated to symbolize the beginning of the rainy season.
Celebration Spot: Ubon Ratchathani, Isan
Celebration Time: 1st – 20th July each year
Attractions: Charming huge wax candles made by skilled carvers are the major attraction of this festival. Impressing everybody, the carvers stroll through the city. This parade is performed on the Khao Phansa Day, which marks the start of the three months of the rainy season each year.
On the basis of the things mentioned above, it can be surely said that Thai festivals are truly enjoyable.