With the deep history and culture, there are many impressive festivals in Thailand. They take place all over Thailand, some are very interesting and unique while some are crazy, cool and bizarre. Here are top 10 best festivals in Thailand.
- Water Festival (Songkran)
Songkran is the Thai New Year Festival, mainly taking place over 3 days from 13th to 15th April, each year. This is the biggest and most exhilarating festival in the Land of Smiles. During this period, the Thai dances with music, drink and be drenched from head to toe. Water guns, hose pipes and buckets, everything you can get your hands one to splash people. Songkran started as a Buddhist tradition, using a light sprinkling of water to symbolize purification. Then people gradually are interested in splashing each other in a playful manner and create a famous water fight in the entire country, those days.
- Lantern Festival (Yee Peng Festival – Chiang Mai)
Chiang Mai’s lantern festival takes place every November. It is celebrated on the full moon of the twelfth lunar month every year. On the banks of the Peng River, thousands of paper lanterns are released into to sky because the local believe that the rivers are filled to their fullest and the moon is at its brightest this time. It is the perfect time to light their lantern and make a wish for good fortune in the new year. This festival is an iconic image of Chiang Mai, attracting millions of visitors to take breathtaking photos each year.
- Ghost Festival (Phi Ta Khon)
Combining religious traditions, local handicrafts and fun-loving party atmosphere, Phi Ta Khon is a interesting 3-day festivals I n Dai Sai Town in Loei Province. During this festival, thousands of locals wear colorful weird masks in bight and gaudy colors. The Ghost Festival is held on the weekend of the 6th full moon of the lunar calendar (June or July). It usually has the main parade on the Friday (dressing up as a ghost optional), with pageants and music on the Saturday and Buddhist ceremonies on the Sunday.
- Rocket Festival (Boon Bang Fai)
The Rocket Festival is a famous festival in Thailand, an important event in the farming communities of Issan, located in the north-eastern Thailand. The villagers believe that to get a flourished planting season, shooting up the rockets will persuade the Gold to send plentiful rains for their precious rice crop growth. Elaborate rockets are built and paraded around on the first day of the festival before being launched high into the air at the weekends. During this festival, the local organize live folk music, the drinking of local rice wine, beauty pageants and a exciting party for participants.
- Candle Festival
Candle Festival is a famous festival in the southeastern Thailand, during the Asanha Puja and Khao Pansa days to celebrate the start of Buddhist Lent. This festival is an impressive blend of art, culture and celebration. International artists craft their huge wax sculptures, combining traditional and modern art to get abstract artworks. Besides, participants will enjoy dancing performance and traditional folk music. Because this is a religious festival, followers donate items to monks and not drink alcohol to show thieri respect for monks.
- Buffalo Racing Festival
Buffalo racing is one of Thailand’s best festivals. This over-100-year-old tradition attracts both the local and foreigners each year. The race course is around 100 meters long, in front of Chonburi City Hall. Besides buffalo racing, there are many other exciting activities such as buffalo beauty competition or buffalo decorations as well as some available games for visitors in the festival.
- Surin Elephant Festival
Elephants used to play an essential role in the history line of Thailand, in terms of the battle, agricultural procedures and for travelling. So, the Thai organized this festival as a way to celebrate for these giant animals of Thailand. Attending this festival, tourists also have chance to understand more the elephant position in the Thai culture and history.
- Wonderfruit Music and Arts Festival
This festival is regarded as the Glastonbury or Coachella of Thailand. Taking place in December in Pattaya, WOnderfruit welcomes European and American artists and many other local bands. It is really a premier music and art festival of Thailand.
- Lopburi Monkey Banquet (Food Festival)
This is one of the most interesting Thailand festivals. 150km far away from the northern Bangkok, this festival takes place in Lopburi, where many monkeys reside. One of the most popular activists for tourists is to feed the simians there. But, in November, this activity is replaced by one thing much grand. A huge banquet is served for about 3,000 monkeys living this region, giving them a day to feast on 4 tons of fruits, vegetables and an array of other treats.
- Chinese Lunar New Year
Chinese New Year is not a public holiday in Thailand, but in the China town of Bangkok, Yaowarat, tourists will see a spectacular exhilarating celebration for this event. Every corner of Chinatown will be decorated during Chinese New Year. The entire length of the street comes to life, with crowds of worshippers, exploding firecrackers, dragon dancers and families of Chinese descent, who gather to partake in the street fanfare as well as enjoy sumptuous Chinese banquets. It is really excited with full of dynamic sights and sounds. Especially, Chinese descent store owners will decorate their shop with red paper lanterns, Chinese calligraphy banners, and posters.