One of the most widely cherished festivals of Bangkok, Chinese New Year attracts massive crowds on streets with dragon dances and firecrackers. Several shopping outlets offer festival discounts during the Chinese New Year. The Chinese New Year is an excellent time for travel and exclusive visits.
Date: 25th January 2020
Songkran Festival is a significant and abundantly celebrated festival in all of Thailand. With mass water games and frolic, most outlets are shut during the Songkran celebrations. Songkran is a great time of reunion amongst natives, and can prove to be a remarkable traveller experience as well!
Date: 13th to 15th April 2020
The Moon Festival also known as the Chinese Mid-Autumn Festival, originated in China. During The Moon Festival, engaging stalls can be witnessed throughout the city, displaying gourmet food items. With flavours ranging from peanut butter, coffee, chestnut to green tea, stalls sell a variety of confectioneries during the Moon Festival.
Date: 13th September 2020
Venue: Yaowaraj (Chinatown)
Observed across Thailand, the Vegetarian Festival also known as Tesagan Gin Jay is a nine-day celebration. During the Vegetarian Festival, many Thai people refrain from eating meat, consuming liquor, consummating, and gambling. The celebrations come to life with massive temple decorations, dragon dance and fireworks.
Date: 16th October to 25th October 2020
Originating in China, the Chinese Ghost Festival is celebrated across the globe as well. The popular belief behind the festival is ghosts visit the Earth as the gates of the lower realms open during the full moon of the seventh lunar month of the Chinese calendar. People generally offer food, flowers, and candles to these ghost visitors.
Date: 19th August 2020 - 16th September 2020
The Asahna Bucha Day is a highly important Buddhist festival as it marks the initiation of Vassa. With various ceremonies such as the ‘Wian Tian’ conducted at Buddhist temples, several donations of offerings are carried out during Asahna Bucha. Some places host monk parades creating celebratory atmosphere!
Date: July 5th - 6th 2020
Venue: All over Thailand
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Khao Phansa also known as the ‘ rains retreat’, is the first day of Buddhist Lent. During the three-month fast that begins with the Khao Phansa, Buddhist devotees are forbidden to consume meat, alcohol, and tobacco. On Khao, Phansa devotees offer candles, flowers, robes, and food to monks as they witness numerous worshipers washing the feet of the monks to atone for their sins.
Date: 6th July 2019
The people of Thailand are fiercely devoted to the ruling monarch, and they mark the birthdays of their rulers as Mother's Day and Father's Day in the country. Mother's Day is celebrated on the Queen's birthday on August 12th while Father's Day is celebrated on December 5th. Both days are national holidays marked by festivities such as parades, music performances, traditional food stalls and visits to the temple. On Mother's Day, mothers are invited to their children's schools where there are songs and dances performed in their honour. On Father's Day, it is customary to wear yellow or golden attire. Both days see huge decorations across the cities of Thailand and people often put up large Thai flags and portraits of the king and queen in their homes.
12th August - Mother's Day
5th December - Father's Day
These aforementioned festivals are the ones you should definitely consider indulging in during your trip to Bangkok, Thailand. Festivals are at the very core of Thailand, and all of them are celebrated with much enthusiasm and at a great scale. So, don’t miss out on them, when you have a real chance to take part in them!