||Bangkok : Festivals & Events 2012
New Year (23 Jan)
New Year Festival at Bangkok Chinatown, Yaowarat
Road, there are numbers of demonstrations presenting
Chinese cultures such as traditional Chinese
Lanterns, Kang Fu Fighting, Chinese dragon and
lion dances, ancient Chinese costumes, music,
and the Emperor’s recipes.
Flying Festival (March)
March when the wind never fails to blow and the
sky is clear and bright, people go to Sanam Luang,
the main ground opposite the Grand Palace, to join
or watch kite flying, an activity popular in this
country since ancient times. A Thai kite fighting
contest is held annually.
Songkran (13 - 15 Apr)
traditional Thai New Year, joyfully celebrated
citywide and countrywide with rituals of merit
making, cleaning houses, honouring elders, parades
of dancers and music troupes, and boat races.
In Bangkok the event is held in grand-scale around
the Rattanakosin Island, i.e. the Grand Palace
and Sanam Luang area, and the nearby Khaosan
Road. The revered Phra Buddha Sihing image will
be carried to Sanam Luang to be bathed by devotees.
What makes the festival most fun and interesting
is water splashing.
over by the King, this ancient Brahmanic ceremony
is held at Sanam Luang to mark the beginning of
the planting season and to bless the farmers with
bumper harvests in the year.
event is observed citywide and nationwide. In the
evening, people gather at the waterside to float
krathong, lotus-shaped vessels lovely decorated
with flowers and lit candles, as a thanksgiving
and worship to the Goddess of Water. There are also
fun fairs, concerts, beauty contests and other entertainment
Mount Fair (November
held 7 nights and 8 days (from the 11th day of
the waxing moon of the 12th lunar month to the
3rd of the waning moon of the same month), the
event's purpose is to worship the Buddha's relics
enshrined in the Golden Mount in the compound of
Saket Temple. It features folk plays, sales of
foods and other products, and amusements.
|*The event dates are tentative, please check