Festivals Thailand

In Thailand they celebrate all festivals: traditional Thai festivals, Buddhist and Royal national days, but also some important Chinese and Western celebrations. The most important of all is unmistakenly 'Songkran' (Thai New Year), celebrated every year from 13-15 April.  Originally Songkran involves sprinkling Buddha images and elder's hands, which symbolises purification and washing away bad luck and the sins of the past year. However, nowadays it became a huge water fight for 3 days and people go wild.

Other National Holidays 2019

January 1                 International New Year's Day
February 5               Chinese Lunar New Year's Day
February 19             Makha Bucha Day
April 8                      King Rama I memorial ( Chakri Day)
April 13-15               Songkran (Thai New Year)
May 1                      International Labor Day
May 6                      H.M. King's Coronation Day
May 20                    Visakha Bucha Day (birth, enlightment and passing away of Buddha)
July 16                     Asahna Bucha Day (beginning of Buddhist Lent)
July 17                     Buddhist Lent (start of 3 months period that monks stay in temple)
August 12                HM Queen's birthday (or following Monday if it falls on a weekend)
October 13              Passing of King Bhumibol (or following Monday if it falls on a weekend)
October 23              Chulalongkorn Day
November 13          Loi Kratong (pay respect to water spirits)
December 5            H.M. King Bhumibol's birthday
December 10          Constitution Day
December 31          New Year's Eve

There are also a number of religious holidays that are celebrated mainly in the temples. The date is often dependent on the lunar calender.