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Major festivals in Bangkok


Updates on the festivals and other events of Thailand can be found on Tourism Authorith of Thailand website.

Nights at Wat Arun or Temple of Dawn (January)
Celebrated daily in January. Wat Arun is a royal historical temple on the western bank of Chao Phraya river. There are light and sound show retracing Thai history to the present day in Thai and English. Viewing the show from the ground of Wat Arun is free of charge. A fee is applicable if watching the presentation from a hotel-operated boat on the river.

Chinese newyear Chinese New Year - Bangkok China Town Festival (9-10 February)
Let's cerebrate the 30th Anniversary of Thailand-China friendship. This year, the event will also mark a celebration for the 50th birthday of HRH Princess Sirinthon and 30th anniversary of Thai-Chinese friendship. More than 30 shows from China are included in the 2-day event such as the puppet shows, Chinese opera, martial arts and Thai-Chinese Fashion Shows.

The shows will take place in Bangkok (Yaowarat), Hadyai, Nakorn-sawan, Chiangmai, Nakorn Rachasrima, Pattaya and 6 southern provinces affected by the tsunami.

Thai kyte flying festival Thai Kite Festival (March)
It is daily in March. The place is Sanam Luang ground near Emerald Buddha temple. Various Thai kite-flying along with Thai traditional sport show are arranged. Thai boxing, sword flighting, chess, Ska (a variation of the chess game with moves being made in line with the roll of the dice), and checkers are some of the events to enjoy and watch.

Bangkok Songkarn Festival - Thai Traditional Newyear (13-15 April)
The traditional Thai New Year is an occasion for merriment all over the city, but most notably at Sanam Luang, near the Grand Palace, where the revered Phra Phuttha Sihing image is displayed and bathed by devotees.

In the Wisutkasat area, a Miss Songkran beauty contest is held and accompanied by merit-making and entertainment. Khao San Road, Bang Lamphu area is also one of the high-spots in the city to experience the water-throwing activities between locals and foreign tourists.

Many people will leave Bangkok for sea beaches, other popular tourist destinations or home. So this is the best time to go around Bangkok streets with little traffic jam.

Songkran, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Royal Ploughing Ceremony (11 May)
An ancient Brahman ritual, conducted at Sanam Luang, in which farmers believe is able to forecast the abundance of the next rice crop. The event is a result of a series of ceremonies that are conducted by Phraya Raek Na, portrayed by a high-ranking official from the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives who wears colourful traditional costumes. This ceremony was re-introduced in 1960 by H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej and is considered the official commencement of the rice-growing season.

H.M. The Queen’s Birthday Celebration (12 August)
To display their loyalty and to honour Her Majesty Queen Sirikit on the occasion of her royal birthday, Thai people decorate their houses and public buildings. Around Ratchadamnoen Avenue, the area around the Grand Palace and other well-known locations are decorated with coloured lights and magnificent adornments.

Loi Kratong Loy Kratong (16 November)
It is celebrated in many places. Major place is Klong Khu Muang Derm, near Rama VIII Bridge. Loy Katong is a well known ceremony. It takes place every 15th day of waxing moon in the 12th lunar month. Katong competition, Nang Nopphamat procession, vocational product sale, fireworks and floating lanterns are included for the festival.

H.M. The King’s Birthday Celebrations (5 December)
H.M. King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world’s longest reigning monarch is well beloved and deeply respected by all Thais old and young. The occasion of his royal birthday provides his loyal subjects the opportunity to express their reverence for him. All over the country, buildings and homes are elaborated and the area around the Grand Palace is spectacularly illuminated.

Trooping of the Colours (December)
Their majesties the King and Queen preside over this impressive annual event, held in the Royal Plaza near the equestrian statue of King Chulalongkorn. Dressed in colourful uniforms, amid much pomp and ceremony, members of the elite Roya l Guards swear allegiance to the King and march past members of the Royal Family.

Information provided by Tourism Authority of Thailand.