Thailand is one amazing country with most wonderful people living there, now they are suffering a lot with all those floods happened there. This is one way to say that we are there for you, and people to get to know more about this great country. Thailand you are in our hearts and our prays go to you. Get to know people by seeing their interesting and unusual festivals celebrated in this country.
Monkey Buffet Festival
The Monkey Buffet Festival is held annually in Thailand in Lopburi Province. This province is 150km North from the Bangkok. The festival was described as one of the strangest festivals by London’s The Guardian newspaper along with Spain’s baby-jumping festival. Monkey enjoy this festival, since they get treated with lots of fruit on this day. The festival is being held on November 26.
Songkran or the Thai New Year is a great festival being held in April. Thai New Year is on the 13th April, and on Thailand it is always nice and sunny, so this watering festival has sense here. Originally it was celebrated as the beginning of new year, where you should enter clean and wash all bad from you, a new beginning. It was performed by Buddhist monks, but soon tourist were caught in this ceremony and this is one big party with watering and great music.
The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an annual event held during the 9th lunar month of the Chinese calendar. It is believed that the vegetarian festival and its accompanying sacred rituals bestow good fortune upon those who religiously observe this rite. During this time, local residents of Chinese ancestry strictly observe a 10-day vegetarian or vegan diet for the purposes of spiritual cleansing and merit-making. Sacred rituals are performed at various Chinese shrines and temples and aesthetic displays such as walking barefooted over hot coals and ascending ladders with bladed rungs are performed by entranced devotees known as “Ma Song”.
Full Moon Party
This festival is being held on the island Koh Pangan, Thailand. The story goes on something like this..Once upon a time, a group of tourist found that the moon looks specially nice on the beach of Hadrin on Koh Pangan and decided to celebrate it. Since that time, every full moon is being celebrated on that very place and people from all over the world come and join the celebration. The magic of the moon and good vibrations are the reason of so many people coming to this place and join the party.
Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival
Each year at the start of the Buddhist Lent on Thailand they have the largest parade of candle floats made by temples right down to small villages. The floats from bigger temples are huge, I would say around 30mtrs plus long and around 15 to 20mtrs in height at times. The floats are made from wax, they are big projects and the past week the temple doors have hardly been closed as local have helped the monks with the melting of wax and pouring it into templates.
Bosang Umbrella Fair
Bosang Umbrella Fair is one of the most significant events in Thailand which takes place during the month of January. Bosang Umbrella Fair is renowned for offering a wide collection of vibrant paper umbrellas and a diverse array of local handicrafts. It is located near Chang Mai, but it is very popular all over the Thailand.
Pee Ta Khon
Pee Ta Khon (the Ghost Festival) is the most common name for a group of festivals held in Dan Sai, Loei province, Isan, Thailand. The events take place over three days some time between March and July, the dates being selected annually by the town’s mediums.
International Kite Festival on Thailand is being held in March, on March there is a great hot wind blowing, which is ideal for the kite-flying. This festival is being held in order to preserve the kite-flying tradition this people always had. It is nice to see sky colored with kites. Must go and see this great event.
The Naga fireballs are a phenomenon seen in the Mekong river—in Thailand (Nong Khai province in Isan) and in Laos (Vientiane Province)—in which glowing balls rise from the water high into the air. The balls are reddish and have diverse size from smaller sparkles up to the size of basketballs.
Surin Elephant Round-up
The Surin Elephant Round-up usually takes place on the third weekend of November in Surin province, Isan, Thailand. It is of recent origin, first held in 1960. The people of Surin were traditionally excellent at capturing elephants in Cambodia, then training them as working animals. Civil war in Cambodia and the elephant’s decreasing economic importance has forced the elephant handlers (mahouts) to turn to entertainment to make a living. Here is no surprise to see elephants playing football or preforming some other interesting stuff.