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Bangkok Thailand Events and Holidays

To say that there are many events and holidays means to say nothing; it is difficult to find a city with such a number of interesting events and holidays. Every month, there are lots of people who would like to admire the city in all its manifests. A great number of available Bangkok hotels and hostels is happy to see their guests, even if they decided to stay here for a day or two in order to enjoy some of the interesting events.

The most important and incredible events and holidays are:

  • January 1, people celebrate New Year with Thai national ceremonies, which begins early in the morning with a ceremony of offering gifts to the monks, and in the evening different parts of the country have their own national celebrations.

  • In February 8, there is Magha Puja. This is a Buddhist festival, which is held in honor of the momentous event when 1250 followers of the Buddha spontaneously gathered around him to hear his sermon.

  • March 1 – April 2, Kite Flying Festival, a famous kite festival; In March comes a constant wind which disperses the clouds. People go to Sanam Luang, a large area opposite the Royal Palace, and run a variety of kites.

  • April 13-15, the traditional Thai New Year, called Songkran, which is widely and loudly celebrated throughout the country. From across the country come different artists to show their skills. And not only the artists, there are also many artisans who make their little things right on your eyes. The whole city becomes a huge fair and stage. There are lots of public activities on this day.

  • May 7, there is the most revered Buddhist religious holiday Visakha Puja, which signifies the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. Across the country people go to the temples to hear sermons and make offerings.

  • May 15, Royal Ploughing Ceremony is an ancient ritual brahmana, which is held at Sanam Luang Square. The ritual is conducted to predict the quality and abundance of rice crop.

  • August 12, in order to pay a tribute and respect to Queen Sirikit, on her birthday the Thai people decorate their houses and institutions.

  • Every year there is held a Thai Beer Festival. It runs from November to January around Bangkok. Each year, the brewers from all over Thailand come together for the Festival of the Thai beer, during this event they sell the exotic Thai cuisine, barbecue, and beer. In addition, there are cultural and musical entertainments.

  • November 10, there is the most beautiful event Loi Krathong. The meaning of this holiday is to ask for forgiveness Mother-Rivers. In the small boats made of banana leaves in the shape of a lotus, people put coins, flowers and lighted candles, and let them down the water as a sign of redemption. In Bangkok, this festival is celebrated on the Chao Phraya River and numerous canals. Hotels of Bangkok, which are located on the banks of the river, hold special events in honor of this holiday.

  • December 5, it is a special day. Deep reverence, which the Thai people are experiencing for their king, is rare in today's world, so King's Birthday is a holiday, when people can express their feelings toward the monarch. Thousands of people are gathered together to light candles and sing a song in honor of His Majesty the King.

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