Holidays in Thailand

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Holidays in Thailand a huge amount. Moreover, in addition to national holidays in every province of Thailand has many of its own holidays which are celebrated equally well as nationwide. Among the entire mass of the holidays a large share of religious holidays and festivals associated with the Royal family. But the traditional European events, such as New year, Christmas, Thai people do not miss.

The General attitude of the Thai people for the holidays is quite different than ours. Even if the holiday falls not on a day off, he still can't is ignored and even celebrated in the workplace. And even more interesting will be for tourists and travelers to be at this moment in Thailand.

Calendar of holidays in Thailand in 2016

1 January New year
9 Jan Children's day (National Children's Day). This holiday is rather actively conducted by state agencies
8-9 Feb Chinese new year according to the lunar calendar
22 Feb Makha Puja (Makha Puja, also Magha Puja or Wan Makha Bucha) - full moon day. Is celebrated on the day of the third full moon of the year (may be postponed to March 27, 2013). This holiday is associated with one of the Central events in the history of Buddhism, when 1250 of the Buddha's followers gathered to hear him preach. During this day of prayer interspersed with treats, fish and birds are released from cages and aquariums. After sunset throughout the Kingdom, Buddhist monks lead the faithful around the temples, illuminating the path of triple candles. Each person silently carries flowers, glowing incense and lighted candles in honor of Buddha, his teachings and followers
6 APR The day of the founding of the Chakri dynasty i.e. the dynasty of the present king (Sukh Memorial Day). The actual date of the holiday falls on April 6 on Saturday, but the day off is postponed to Friday 5 April
April 13-15 Thai new year Songkran (Songkran). Celebrated from April 13 to 15 and back on April 16 and 17. This is one of the most important festivals of the Thai people. At this time, the Festival of Songkran (Songkran Festival) the water festival, during which you're supposed to do good works, pilgrimages to shrines, to hold festive parades and performances, as well as to douse each other with water
May 1-2 Labour day (Labor Day). Like our 1st of may, this holiday is timed to the first-ever announcement of an 8-hour working day in 1886
May 5-6 Coronation day (Coronation Day)
May 20 Visakha Puja (Visakha Bucha Day, also Buddha Purnima). Celebrated on the full moon day in the fifth lunar month of the year. This is one of the most sacred days in Buddhism: the Birthday, Enlightenment and death of Buddha. This is the most important religious festival of Buddhists and is celebrated in a big way
July 18-19 Asahna Puja (Asahna Bucha). Celebrated on the full moon day in the eighth lunar month of the year. Another religious holiday associated with the first sermon of the Buddha. Is celebrated on a large scale
12 Aug The Queen's birthday Sikiric (The Queen's Birthday). Festive events are held in Bangkok. Public buildings on this day are decorated with colorful illuminations
12 Aug Mother's day (Mother's Day)
23-24 October The day of king Chulalongkorn (Chulalongkorn Day). On this day in 1910, died the fifth king of the dynasty (Rama V), and now this day is dedicated to him. King Rama V loved and respected because he was the greatest reformer in the history of Thailand. He banned slavery, created a Ministerial system, he founded the post and Telegraph
5 Dec The birthday of a king (The King's Birthday). On this day whole nation celebrates the birthday of the present king Rama IX. Most magnificent festival is celebrated in Bangkok
5 Dec Father's day (Father's Day)
10, 12 Dec Constitution Day (Constitution Day)
On 24 and 25 December Christmas Day (Christmas Day)
31 Dec New year's eve (New Year's Eve)

Some interesting holidays in Thailand

Songkran - Thai New year

Of course Songkran is the biggest festival in Thailand. The celebration begins on 13 April and lasts for three days, but if these days fall on a weekend, the celebration continues even longer. A lot of tourists and travelers eager to visit Thailand at this time. Hotels and plane tickets for this period are booked for several months ahead, and prices rise.

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In the days of this festival, 13-15 April is Songkran Festival (Songkran Festival) – the festival of water. Especially rapidly it takes place in the province of Chiang Mai. Thanks to several weekends, the fun lasts 3-4 days. At this time, supposed to do good works, pilgrimages to shrines, to hold festive parades and performances, as well as... to wash each other with water.

It should be noted that in some provinces the day of the festival may be slightly different. For example, in Chiang Mai it starts to be celebrated on 11th April.

The celebration of the birthday of King of Thailand

December 5 - the most important date for Thai people. It is not only the birthday of His Majesty the king, the father of the nation. Officially this day is a weekend, even if it falls on the middle of the week. Across the country hang portraits of the king and national flags. But with the largest scale festival is celebrated in Bangkok. Here streets are decorated with garlands along the road Ratchadamnoen and Grand Palace of Bangkok. At the end of the morning ceremony alms start the festival music and cultural activities on the area of Sanam Luang. In the evening all the people joined the ceremony lit candles and witnessing the spectacular fireworks.

Key point: December 5, Ratchadamnoen road closed to traffic. So people will be able to move freely through it and admire the portraits of His Majesty the King and the colorful lights of the city. In addition, this holiday gives us another opportunity to see how Thai people love and respect their king.

Fair a world heritage and red cross in Ayutthaya: 10-19 Dec

It is a holiday of local importance. Phra Nakhon si Ayutthaya (Ayutthaya) was the capital of Thailand for 417 years. It was distinguished by a long period of prosperity, judging by the magnificent ruins historical Park, Phra Nakhon si Ayutthaya. Extensive collection of ruins and records indicating the historical and cultural wealth of Ayutthaya, found during excavations of the Park, recognized as a UNESCO world heritage site. In honor of the status, an annual fair with a sound and light show representing the glorious events of those years, numerous exhibitions, cultural events and beauty pageants.

Key point: in addition to the magnificent light and sound extravaganza, you can enjoy a variety of sweet and savoury food at the traditional Thai floating market and a fascinating shopping various products from the OTOP network.

Comments / recent posts on the topic on the forum
traveller Oct 11, 2017
In October 2017 20 popular beaches of Thailand for an experiment, and it will be a complete ban on Smoking on the beaches. The need has arisen due to the fact that the sand on the beaches began to find a huge number of cigarette "bulls". On the one hand it is good, but for Smoking on the beaches impose enormous fines of 100,000 baht or one year in prison! For Smoking!!! The ban will be marked with signs, so watch carefully if you don't know where it is entered. But information about the beaches, where there will be a ban.
As you can see, under the ban hit the beaches in Pattaya, Cha-am, Patong in Phuket, the beaches in Krabi. ...
antoch of 18 October, 2017
Hi all. Somewhere seen information that tiende banned electronic cigarettes. Anyone on this site heard? Really? ...
admin October 18, 2017

All right, prohibited, and a violation is punishable by a fine. ...
Марина1975 16 February, 2018
Hello. Whether in Thailand to share our new two-thousand bills?)) ...
admin 16 February, 2018

I don't know about the two thousandth, but to change our money in Thailand is not worth it. The course is very disadvantageous. ...
team 6 March, 2018
Hello. Prompt how better to go to Thailand, savage, or through a travel Agency? If a savage, then of course we will save money,but is it safe? The experience of the trip through a travel Agency you already have. ...
admin March 6, 2018

Hello! Rather, the question is not for this topic, the issue of the independent or with a travel Agency is discussed here - And the answer is ambiguous. Specifically to Thailand, here is my answer: self is not dangerous, and much more interesting. But what about the fact that will save, not everything is clear. If you go also, just as in a standard tour for 10-14 days in one place the type of hotel, beach, it is likely not save, and Vice versa. If you go on a period of several weeks, and even with the move, visiting some of the resorts/cities, then of course it will be cheaper. ...
sergei 30 July, 2018
I can't understand when I change my dollars to date me to watch the course of buy or sale ? ...
admin 12 August, 2018

Sorry for the delay, was traveling and missed your "Goethe" message.
Buy - buy dollars on such a course, sale - sell dollars at a certain rate. Ie, you need to look for the course "buy" ...
21 August, 2018
To the question about electronic cigarettes - Yes! They are banned in Thailand. For the import, use - you find yourself in the police, what the enemy does not want. ...

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