Category Archives: Festivals

Inthakhin — a festival with ancient roots

The looks on faces of foreign visitors who are fortunate enough to be able to visit Wat Chedi Luang until May 24 is likely to be one of bemusement as they take in the noise and the crowds of local … Continue reading

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Songkran – Thai New Year

According to Wit Thienburanathum’s Thai-English Dictionary, Songkran refers to the date of the sun passing into the zodiacal sign of Aries. Though this may happen in the heavens anytime around April 12or 13, the Thais have long assigned Songkran Day … Continue reading

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The Festival of Lights — Loi Krathong in Chiang Mai

“It is an aesthetic pleasure to see many krathongs with their flickering candle lights bobbing gently up and down borne along the silent and placed waters under the light of a full moon. Of course, I speak of this in … Continue reading

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Buddhist Lent, or Khao Phansa

As the monsoon rains descend over the kingdom of Thailand, it marks the beginning of the Buddhist Lent, or “Phansa”, during which all Buddhist monks retreat to the temples. This is also an auspicious time for Buddhist ordinations as it … Continue reading

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