Festival and Celebrations Manual in January
Happy New Year
January 1, New Year's -- Monks gather on the Phramane Grounds in
Bangkok to receive offerings from devout Buddhists, most of whom give food, and marked by early-morning Buddhist merit-making, and afternoon and evening folk entertainment.
View Wat Phra Kaeo from Phramane Grounds or Sanamchai
CHIANG MAI WINTER FAIR
December 28 - January 4
Chiang Mai City Hall, Chiang Mai
This annual festival is held at Chiang Mai’s city hall. It features a variety of
products for sale, especially handicrafts; a Miss Chiang Mai beauty contest, and
entertainment. Everything comes alive at night.
Please contact TAT Northern Office: Region 1 Tel: (053) 248-604,248-607,241-466 Fax : (053) 248-605
TAWAI VILLAGE WOOD CARVING FAIR, January 25 - 28
Tawai Village, Chiang Mai
This fair features demonstrations, contests and sales of wood carvings and local handicrafts, and includes local folk performances
and a procession highlighting the complete range of popular northern Thai wood crafts.
NAKHON PATHOM FOOD AND FRUIT FAIR, January 5 - 11
Phra Pathom Chedi , Nakhon Pathom
Thailand’s largest Buddhist monument the 127-metre high Phra Pathom Chedi, is the site of this fair
featuring a wide range of fruits that grow in the province. In addition, there are food product contests, handicraft sales and demonstrations,
Nakhon Pathom cultural performances, tourism activities and shows.
DON CHEDI MEMORIAL FAIR, January 23 - February 1
Don Chedi Memorial, Suphan Buri
In 1592 at Don Chedi, King Naresuan the Great of Ayutthaya won a famous elephant-back duel against the leader of an enemy force, a historic
event that led to the liberation of the kingdom from foreign occupation. This fair commemorates the momentous event with historical
exhibitions and outdoor entertainment, in the high spirits characteristic of all Thai festivals.
PHRA THAT PHANOM HOMAGE-PAYING FAIR, January 21 - 29, 2005
Phra That Phanom Temple, Nakhon Phanom
Nakhon Phanom, on the bank of the Mekong River, is the site of the famous Phra That Phanom which enshrines a relic of the Lord Buddha
and is regarded as a symbol of northeastern Thailand. This annual seven-day fair attracts thousands of devotees who pay
homage at the shrine and enjoy numerous forms of entertainment.
Phra That Phanom is about fifty kilometers from town proper. It has not been conclusively proved when it was built. However, according to archaeologists, it is about 1,500-year-old. Fifty-two meters high, each of its rectangular bases measures 12.33 meters, and its decorative top is made of gold weighing 110 kilograms. The annual Phra That Phanom Fair is celebrated on the full-moon evening of the 3rd Lunar month. Thousands of worshippers flock to Nakhon Phanom to pay homage to this most important religious shrine in the Northeast. Stalls and performances staged throughout the 7-day celebration.
Chinese New Year and Dragon & Lion Parade, Jan. 21 - Feb. 1
Pak Nam Pho, Nakhon Sawan
Chinese New Year is a very ancient tradition, and it is celebrated all over the world wherever there Chinese communicaties. There are a lot of Chinese people living Nakhon Sawan so Chinese New Year is very important here.
The crowning feature for the celebrations is the Sacred Golden Dragon, which is more than 56 metres long and supported by 150 dancers.
The parade will not only feature the Speclacular Golden Dragon but also the Chinese Lion Dance, with lions from 5 countries : China, Hong Kong, Malasia, Singapore and Vietnam.
The Chinese New Year Festival in Pak Nam Pho: The Great Guardian Spirit Carnival
Each Chinese New Year, thousands of Thai and Chinese people from several provinces flock into Nakhon Sawan to celebrate and view the procession, an annual event since 1914. The procession falls on the 4th waxing day of the Chinese 1St lunar month which usually falls around the end of January or early February of every year. This ceremony of Nakhon Sawan is organized in a more grandiose manner than those of other provinces in the country. The colorful and noisy procession includes, among other things, traditional Cantonese Singhtoh(i.e. Lions), Dwarf Lion, Hainanese style Lion, Engkaw, Lorkoh the clamorous symbol-like and a Taychew musical parade, followed by a long file of hundreds of beautiful young maidens. During the festival, however, all hotels of Nakhon Sawan are fully-booked, and the revellers celebrate day and night, as they do at Chiang Mai's Songkran Festival.