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2020: A year of Thai festivals

//2020: A year of Thai festivals

2020: A year of Thai festivals

Celebrating our way from January to April!

Thailand practically explodes with culture and celebration.  Regardless of when and where you travel, there is likely an event or festival that you can get swept up in nearby.

There are innumerable activities through the year, so we’ve broken them into three bite-sized chunks each handling a 4 month of period.  Highlighting some of the more famous festivals, we’ve also described a couple of off-the-wall events along with providing a more thorough list at the bottom to help you plan!

Still not sure about where to go or what to do?  Then we suggest chatting to your nearest travel agent who can point you in the right direction!

January

Chinese New Year, Bangkok, 25 January 2020

1 Chinese New Year, Bangkok, 25 January 2020

One of the most famous festivals, the beginning of the year sees in the Chinese New Year.  Although the event takes place in many locations, the celebration in Bangkok’s Chinatown has become a landmark event, complete with Lion- and Dragon-dancers and copious amounts of eardrum shattering fireworks.

Bo Sang Umbrella Festival, Bo Sang (just outside Chiang Mai), 17 to 19 January 2020

2 Bo Sang Umbrella Festival, Bo Sang (just outside Chiang Mai), 17 to 19 January 2020

Famous for its handcrafted items, Bo Sang lies a short drive from Chiang Mai and offers one of the most laid back, lowkey festivals in the Thai calendar.  The all-weekend celebrations include breathtakingly colourful displays of traditional umbrellas, a bicycle parade, a street food market and a host of music and cultural performances.

Need something more?  Then check out the list of other festivals and events at the bottom of the page!

February

Chiang Mai Flower Festival, Chiang Mai, 7 to 9 February 2020

3 Chiang Mai Flower Festival, Chiang Mai, 7 to 9 February 2020

A riot of colours, the Chiang Mai Flower Festival has become a staple in Thailand’s arsenal of amazing events.  A weekend event, the highlight is undoubtedly the Saturday parade, which is a smorgasbord of vintage car, marching bands and oversized, flower-laden floats.  No festival would be complete without the various cultural and musical entertainment along with an amazing food market.

Trang Underwater Wedding Ceremony, Trang Town & Ko Kradan, 13-15 February 2020

4 Trang Underwater Wedding Ceremony, Trang Town & Ko Kradan, 13-15 February 2020

One of the crazier events is Valentine’s Day’s Trang Underwater Wedding Ceremony.  What started out as one couples’ novel plan to tie the knot underwater has turned into a mass event which sees loved-up pairs dive below the waves (wedding dress and all) to say their vows.  While the ceremony itself is performed annually on the 14th of February, a range of processions and festivities are held on the days prior and after.

Need something more?  Then check out the list of other festivals and events at the bottom of the page!

March

National Elephant Day, 13 March 2020

5 National Elephant Day, 13 March 2020

A revered symbol throughout Thailand, the elephant enjoys a royal status.  Its likeness can be found everywhere from temples and shrines to kitsch souvenirs.  Even the map of Thailand is said to resemble the outline of an elephant’s ears and trunk!

National Muay Thai Day, Ayutthaya, 17 March 2020

6 National Muay Thai Day, Ayutthaya, 17 March 2020

While the rest of the world enjoys a couple of pints to celebrate Ireland’s Saint Patrick, 17 March sees Thailand celebrate the traditional martial art Muay Thai.  Although there are celebrations countrywide at stadiums and training camps, the main festivities occur in Ayutthaya.  Once home to legendary fighter Nai Khanom Tom, the week-long annual festival, which showcases Muay Thai, attracts martial artists and tourists from across the globe.

Need something more?  Then check out the list of other festivals and events at the bottom of the page!

April

Songkran Thai New Year Water Festival, nationwide, 13 to 15 April 2020

 

The Thai New Year is a spectacle that needs to be experienced in person to fully appreciate the enormity of the occasion.  While the traditions of the day are steeped in historical and cultural significance, the highlight of the festivities is a massive, countrywide water fight… So, prepare to get wet!

7 Songkran Thai New Year Water Festival, nationwide, 13 to 15 April 2020

Although traditional silver bowls have, in recent years, been replaced with water pistols, the act of pouring water signifies cleansing of past indiscretions so that one can move forward into the new year in a pure state.  It’s therefore important to note, that despite the fun nature of the Songkran Festival, for many it is a spiritual experience and therefore a level of respect should be adhered to throughout the celebrations.

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Need something more?  Then check out the list of other festivals and events at the bottom of the page!

 

Events and festivals celebrated in Thailand from January to April 2020

Children’s Day – 11 January 2020

Chiang Mai Flower Festival – 7 to 9 February 2020

Trang Underwater Wedding – 13 to 15 February 2020

Burapa Bike Week, Pattaya – mid-February

Phuket International Blues Rock Festival – mid/late February

Makha Bucha Day (public holiday) – 8 February 2020

National Elephant Day – 13 March 2020

National Muay Thai Day – 17 March 2020

Pattaya International Music Festival – mid-March

Poy Sang Long Festival – (late March/early April)

Chakri Day (public holiday) – 6 April 2020

Songkran Thai New Year Water Festival (public holiday) – 13 to 15 April 2020

Wan Lai Festival – mid-April

Phuket Bike Week – mid-April

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