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Top 5 Festivals to Attend in Thailand
The country of Thailand is considered to be one of the most ideal tourism destinations in all of Asia. Home to stunning beaches, a rich culture and delicious cuisine, there is something for everyone who visits the incredible country. Although the year round warm weather means that tourists flock to Thailand throughout the year, some of the best times to visit are when there are special cultural or religious holidays and festivals. While these times might be more crowded and require booking in advance, especially for things like Phuket accommodation, the vibrant atmosphere and once in a lifetime experience will certainly be worth the extra effort. We also recommend you to check the local Expedia site (Thai version) for a full list of trendy local hotels.
Here are the top five festivals that take place each year in Thailand.
1. Makha Bucha: This religious festival is celebrated by
Buddhists in Thailand. It commemorates the occasion when over a thousand
people spontaneously gathered before Buddha and were granted spiritual
clarity. Today the celebration involves Buddhists across the nation
gathering at temples and other religious sites with lit candles, where
they will walk around the building or structure three times clockwise.
After this display they celebrate with a giant feast where visitors are
often invited to participate.
2. King's Birthday: Every year on December fifth the Thai people
celebrate the king's birthday as well as Father' day at the same time. As
the king of Thailand is a respected patriarchal figure, it becomes a large
celebration and festival. Nearly every home and building will be decorated
by flags, portraits of the king and light displays. Residents celebrate
with drinking and feasts. Head to the local parks where citizens gather
for a fun and lighthearted gathering to commemorate the occasion.
3. Phuket International Blues Festival: The island of Phuket is
home to this annual event that draws in music lovers from across the
globe. Musicians and bands are from Thailand, Australia and the United
States, performing on several stages at once over a long weekend
celebration. Bars and nightclubs are especially busy during this time, and
accommodation can fill up fast so it is recommended that
international travelers book as far as possible in advance.
4. Songkran Festival: This is perhaps the most fun festival in
Thailand, taking place in the middle of April each year. Songkran is the
water festival that commemorated the Thai New Year celebrations. Water is
used to bless families, friends and loved ones, so expect to get wet
during this fun time. Most businesses are closed and residents are out in
the streets throwing water balloons, at the beach and splashing passersby
in order to bring them luck.
5. Bun Bagn Fai Rocket Festival: This Thai festival takes place in the town of Yasothon every May, and international travelers as well as local Thais from elsewhere in the country travel to be a part of the festivities. Food and drink are feasted upon while rockets are shot up into the air to persuade the gods to send down rain in what is traditionally the drier part of the year.