Special Thai Holidays
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Special Thai Holidays and Festivals 2016
Chinese New Year 2016 – Year of the Monkey (8 – 10 February 2016)
Many Thais trace their roots to China. Officially, 14% of the population of Thailand is Chinese, but depending on current fashion, a far greater percent may identify themselves as “Thai-Chinese”. The Chinese New Year differs from the Gregorian calendar and marks the first day of the New Year in the Chinese calendar.
The holiday is celebrated all over Thailand, especially in those areas with large populations of Chinese, such as Bangkok or Phuket, where the city’s Chinatown area is usually the scene of a large block party. It is also known as the Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year. Every year is represented by one of twelve zodiac animal signs. 2016 is the year of the monkey.
Songkran – Water festival / Thai New Year (13 – 15 April 2016)
Thailand’s Songkran Festival is the most important event of the year for the Thai people by far. It’s a special time for New Year rituals and respect for water, the most important element in the agricultural culture of Southeast Asia. Songkran falls in mid-April every year and has its origins in ancient astrology and the position of the sun.
Friends and family celebrate Songkran by splashing water on each other or applying wet white powder on each other’s face. The water and the powder symbolize the wish for a year filled with blessings and good luck for the other person.
Phuket Vegetarian Festival (mid October 2016)
The Phuket Vegetarian (Nine Emperor Gods) Festival is a migrant festival with renewal and purification powers. It’s a nine-day period in October that celebrates the abstinence from meat during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar.
The main festival takes place in Phuket, but this practice of a vegetarian diet occurs all across Thailand and many Asian countries. It was believed to have started in Phuket by a wandering Chinese opera group who fell sick while performing on the island. Participants believe abstaining from meats will help them obtain good health and a peaceful mind. It also shows respect to the Nine Emperor Gods to ensure purification of the mind, soul and body.
Loy Kratong – Festival of Light (14 – 16 November 2016)
One of the most picturesque and beautiful festivals in Thailand is the evening of Loy Krathong, when people gather around lakes, rivers and canals to pay respects to the goddess of water by releasing beautiful lotus shaped rafts, decorated with candles, incense and flowers onto the water.
Every year, Loy Krathong falls on the night of the twelfth lunar month (usually in November), at the end of the rainy season when the full-moon lights up the sky. The view of thousands of Krathongs, their flickering candles sending a thousand pinpoints of light far into the horizon is a truly magical sight.