Event Feed from 2014-03-19 to 2014-03-21http://inter.tourismthailand.org/fileadmin/scripts/feed/event.phpEvent2003-2007 Tourism Authority of ThailandTAT_RSS Generatorhttp://inter.tourismthailand.org/fileadmin/scripts/feed/event.phpEventhttp://inter.tourismthailand.org/uploads/pics/amazingFooter.pngAmazing Thailand15099Poi Sang Long Festival<p>This festival is an ordination ceremony according to ThaiYai&rsquo;s beliefs. They believe that it will gain more the result of the merit than the ordinary ordination. The details of the festival are as following</p> <p>&bull; The first day is called &ldquo;Sang Long receiving day&rdquo;. The hostess will bring the boys to the tonsure ceremony in the morning but not shave the eyebrows. After that they will get Sang Long dress. Then the boys will be called &ldquo;Sang Long&rdquo; which the hostess will lead them to various temples and their relative&rsquo;s house in order to receive the percepts.&nbsp;</p> <p>&bull; The second day is called &ldquo;Krua Lu parade day&rdquo;. There will be Sang Long parade with offering given as alms from WatMuay along the roads. There will be many people joining the parade. Sang Long boy will be carried on someone&rsquo;s neck who is called &ldquo;mentor&rdquo; or&rdquo; Ta Pae sang Long&rdquo;. There will be golden umbrella or &ldquo;Ti Kam&rdquo; in Myanmar style to protect the sunlight.</p> <p>&bull; The third day is called &ldquo;Kam Sang&rdquo; which is the ordination day. Sang Long will parade to the temple.</p> <p>At every temple in Mae Hong Son</p>tatmhs@tat.or.th(TAT Mea Hong Son Office)Fairs & FestivalsArt and Culturehttp://inter.tourismthailand.org/index.php?id=185&event_id=5440Fri, 21 Mar 2014Songkran in Banglamphu<p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Venue</strong></span>: Suan Santi Chai Prakan, Phra Arthit Road, Bangkok</p> <p>Here, as a significant part of the Festival, there will be a ceremony where the &ldquo;Buddha &ndash;banglampu Phra Chanath&rdquo; is, with great respect, taken from Wat Bowonniwet Vihara to Santi Chai Prakan Park for the public to pray to and receive blessings. There are also other Buddhist ceremonies; such as, giving food to monks, the Thai tradition of being blessed by elders, and Thai dances.</p>tatbangkok@tat.or.th(TAT Bangkok Office)Fairs & Festivalshttp://inter.tourismthailand.org/index.php?id=185&event_id=5633Wed, 19 Mar 2014Songkran in Visut Kasat<p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Venue</strong></span>: Visut Kasat Intersection (Bang Khunprom intersection) under the Rama VIII Bridge.</p> <p>Started in 1931 and considered as the &lsquo;Legendary Songkran Festival of Bangkok&rsquo;s old town&rsquo; not only because of the collaboration of local communities, but also the original tradition of the &lsquo;Miss Songkran&rsquo; competition that has been continuing for over 70 years.</p>tatbangkok@tat.or.th(TAT Bangkok Office)Fairs & Festivalshttp://inter.tourismthailand.org/index.php?id=185&event_id=5634Wed, 19 Mar 2014Urban Songkran<p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Venue</strong></span>: In front of Bangkok Municipal Administration Building</p> <p>Phra Buddha Sihing (Statue) of the National Museum will be taken on a parade around the Bangkok Municipal Administration for the public to pray to. Visitors are suggested to wear Thai traditional clothes.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p>tatbangkok@tat.or.th(TAT Bangkok Office)Fairs & Festivalshttp://inter.tourismthailand.org/index.php?id=185&event_id=5635Wed, 19 Mar 2014Songkran in Sangkhlaburi<p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Venue</strong></span>:&nbsp;Wat Wang Wiwekaram (Wat Luangpho Uttama), Sangkhlaburi District, Kanchanaburi</p> <p>&ldquo;The Bridge of Hope, monks walk on people&rsquo;s backs. Songkran in Sangkhlaburi.&rdquo; The highlight here is the &lsquo;Mon&rsquo; (a group of Burmese-Thai) tradition of celebrating Songkran. The Mon will carry food on their head to serve to the monks. And more interestingly, there is the Mon ceremony of purifying Buddha statues through bamboo pipes that can be kilometers in length. During the auspicious day, men will voluntarily lay down on the street to make a human bridge for monks to walk upon to the purifying area and after finishing the ceremony, the men will carry the monks to their huts.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Main Activities</strong></span></p> <p>-Mon&rsquo;s traditional ceremony; such as, learning about the &lsquo;Mo Mongkhon&rsquo; ritual, observing religious precepts, giving an evening bath to elders, and bringing sand into temples to build the Mon&rsquo;s sand pagoda.</p> <p>-Watch a Buddha statue purifying ceremony through bamboo pipes, watch the monks walk on people&rsquo;s back parade (April 2014, after 02.30 p.m.)</p> <p>-Join a parade offering off-season Buddhist robes to monks, installation of a parasol on the sand pagoda, and pour ceremonial water to send merit to ones that have passed away. (18 &nbsp;April 2014, morning)</p>tatkan@tat.or.th(TAT Kanchanaburi Office)Fairs & Festivalshttp://inter.tourismthailand.org/index.php?id=185&event_id=5636Wed, 19 Mar 2014Songkran in Phra Pradaeng<p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Venue</strong></span>: Around Phra Pradaeng Municipal Office Building, Samut Prakan</p> <p>Songkran in Phra Pradaeng or also known as &lsquo;Songkran Paklat&rsquo; is the &lsquo;Raman&rsquo; (a group of Burmese-Thai) tradition of celebrating the Songkran Festival. The Raman celebration has been continuously held since the old days with uniqueness on the last day of the festivity (one week after 13 April). Every village works together to create a beautiful parade, including elaborate floral wagons, which &lsquo;Raman&rsquo; girls and &lsquo;Loi Chai&rsquo; boys and Miss Songkran also tag along for the ceremony. Ramans and Loi Chai wear traditional attire during the celebration. Birds and fish are taken to Wat Prodket Chettharam where they will be set free. It is believed that any person who sets animals free will be saved from their own bad fortune and will live a long life. &nbsp;After finishing the ceremony, on their way back, people from the villages respectfully throw water at each other. The people of Phra Pradaeng have been preserving this manner of celebration for a long time. Interested visitors are welcome to join the ceremony.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Activities</strong></span>&nbsp;</p> <p>-Watch &lsquo;Miss Songkran Phra Pradaeng&rsquo; and &lsquo;Loi Chai Boy&rsquo; competitions.</p> <p>-Birds and Fish Parade</p> <p>-Watch a series of wagons beautifully decorated with flowers, also Miss Songkran will join the parade.&nbsp;</p> <p>-Traditional Raman games (Saba).</p> <p>-Traditional Raman Kalamae cooking</p>tatbangkok@tat.or.th(TAT Bangkok Office)Fairs & Festivalshttp://inter.tourismthailand.org/index.php?id=185&event_id=5637Wed, 19 Mar 2014Songkran ‘Song Nam Oi Tan' in Sri Satchanalai<p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Venue</strong></span>:An open space in front of the &nbsp;Phraya Lithai Memorial Monument and Sri Satchanalai Historical Park, Amphoe Sri Satchanalai, Sukhothai</p> <p>&ldquo;People of Sukhothai usually have a high moral standard and they are usually Oi Tan.&rdquo; This line was written on the reverse side of the first stone inscription that told stories of Sukhothai when it was the first Kingdom of Thailand. And this is the origin of the &lsquo;Song Nam Oi Tan, Songkran Sri Satchanalai&rsquo; Festival. The people of Sri Satchanalai celebrate the country&rsquo;s New Year with the word &lsquo;Oi&rsquo; which means &lsquo;to do&rsquo;, together with the word &lsquo;Tan&rsquo; which means &lsquo;donation&rsquo;; thus, &lsquo;Oi Tan&rsquo; means &lsquo;to donate&rsquo;. This is a part of their way of life that has been continuing since the beginning of the nation, as written on the stone inscription. Hence, the Sri Satchanalai&rsquo;s Songkran &lsquo;Oi Tan&rsquo; is one of the &lsquo;must-go-to&rsquo; destinations. &nbsp;</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Activities</strong></span>&nbsp;</p> <p>-Join the worship ceremony of Phra Maha Thammaracha I and the royal dynasty.</p> <p>-Watch the &lsquo;Lady Oi Tan&rsquo; competition.</p> <p>-Celebrate &lsquo;Chang pho Mueang&rsquo; parade and series of Sri Satchanalai cultural shows.</p>tatsukho@tat.or.th(TAT Sukhothai Office)Fairs & Festivalshttp://inter.tourismthailand.org/index.php?id=185&event_id=5639Wed, 19 Mar 2014Songkran ‘Prapeni Pi Mai Mueang Chiang Mai'<p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Venue</strong></span>: Chiang Mai Town, Chiang Mai</p> <p>In the North, where Songkran Lanna is celebrated, it is also called the &lsquo;Prapeni Pi Mai Mueang&rsquo;. The celebration begins on 13 April, which is called &lsquo;Sangkhan Long&rsquo; Day. The day is considered as the last day of the year in the Northern region. In the morning, firecrackers will be lit because of the belief that evil from the past year will be chased away by the noise of the firecrackers. In the evening, a parade for Chiang Mai&rsquo;s significant Buddha statue will be organized around the city. Locals and tourists join the ceremony both for fun and to make merit. On 14 April or &lsquo;Nao&rsquo; Day, it is believed that impolite words and manners are prohibited on this particular day. Anyone who breaks the rules will have bad luck for the whole year. 15 April is called the &lsquo;Phya Day&rsquo; or &lsquo;beginning of the new era&rsquo;. On this day, locals usually start their morning early and go to a temple to make a merit, and listen to monks&rsquo; sermons. And later in the day, they will go respectfully to their parents and elder relatives to pour water on their hands and ask for a blessing. On 16 April, &lsquo;Pak Pi&rsquo; Day people will go to pour water on the hands of the abbots from different temples. On 17 April, &lsquo;Pak Duen&rsquo; Day, the last day of the Songkran celebration here, locals will clean themselves by brushing their body to symbolize cleaning away bad luck. This tradition is the uniqueness of the North of Thailand only.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Activities</strong></span></p> <p>-Join the parade and pour water on Chiang Mai and Lanna&rsquo;s prominent Buddha statue &lsquo;Phra Phuttha Sihing&rsquo;.</p> <p>-Join the parade and bring sand and &lsquo;Sali (Bodhi tree) Clutches&rsquo; to the temple.</p>tatchmai@tat.or.th(TAT Chiang Mai Office)Fairs & Festivalshttp://inter.tourismthailand.org/index.php?id=185&event_id=5640Wed, 19 Mar 2014Pleasant Songkran, Thai-Lao' New Year<p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Venue</strong></span>:&nbsp;Kan-krao court in front of the Indo-China Market Amphoe Mueng Nakhon Phanom&nbsp;</p> <p>Tambon Renu Municipality, Nakhon Phanom</p> <p>&nbsp;The Pleasant Songkran Thai-Lao&rsquo; New Year is organized according to 7 diverse tribes&rsquo; traditions in Nakhon Phanom. Songkran in this area mirrors the identity of the locals; such as, making merit by giving monks sticky rice, playing a Saba toy game, &lsquo;Thop Pa Sai&rsquo; ceremony or building sand pagodas, and worshipping different Buddha&rsquo;s relics according to your birthday. Also, there is a Songkran retro market where you can enjoy delicious local food. And of course, you will get to throw water as it is the Songkran Festival, but more importantly here you get to mingle and play with 7 various tribes while absorbing their culture.</p> <p>&nbsp;In Renu District, there is a famous traditional dance called &lsquo;Ram Pu Tai&rsquo; which is known for being lithe, together with a magical &lsquo;Bai Sri&rsquo; ceremony where locals welcome visitors by tying a small string on their wrists. This makes Songkran in Renu distinct from the festival elsewhere. Last but not least, this is also a good chance to join the local &lsquo;Miss Songkran&rsquo; parade.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Activities</strong></span>: A chance for you to participate in traditional activities like giving food; such as, sticky rice to monks.&nbsp;</p> <p>Play Saba toy, worship the Buddha&rsquo;s relics for blessing, explore the Songkran retro market, throw water with people from 7 tribes, and watch cultural shows.</p> <p>In Renu District, absorb different cultures and enjoy the &lsquo;Miss Renu Nakhon&rsquo; competition on the cultural street, Tambon Renu Municipality.</p>tatphnom@tat.or.th(TAT Nakhon Phanom Office)Fairs & Festivalshttp://inter.tourismthailand.org/index.php?id=185&event_id=5641Wed, 19 Mar 2014Songkran Nang Dan' Parade<p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Venue</strong></span>:&nbsp;Sri Thammasokarat Park and Phra Isuan (Shiva) Tower, Amphoe Mueang, Nakhon Sri Thammarat</p> <p>The &lsquo;Nang Dan&rsquo; Parade ceremony is influenced by Hindu religious rituals, which is a part of the Hindu &lsquo;Swinging Ceremony&rsquo; or &lsquo;Tri Yampawai&rsquo;. The meaning of this ceremony is to respectfully engage 3 of the Hindu subordinate gods to greet &lsquo;Phra Isuan&rsquo;(Shiva) when he pays a visit to Earth on the second month of every year in order to bless the town. Hence, the celebration in Nakhon Sri Thammarat is quite different from other parts of the country, as there is a mixture of both Hinduism and Buddhism. This shows the long and rich civilization of the past. Phra Barommathat Chedi is one of the most prominent sacred places where the Buddha Sihing statue is kept as the spirit of the city. Purifying the statue is considered as a significant and valuable tradition of the area.&nbsp;</p> <p><strong><span style="text-decoration: underline;">Activities</span></strong>:Nang Dan Parade</p>tatnksri@tat.or.th(TAT Nakhon Si Thammarat Office)Fairs & Festivalshttp://inter.tourismthailand.org/index.php?id=185&event_id=5642Wed, 19 Mar 2014Songkran in the Ancient Capital City<p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Venue</strong></span>:&nbsp;Ayutthaya Historical Park Vihara Phra Mongkhon Bophit Around Ayutthaya City Island&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp; Join the Songkran Festival in the Historical Park, which has been registered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The highlight of the festivity here is that this is the only place where tourists get to take part in a Songkran festivity with elephants (in front of the TAT, Ayutthaya Office).</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Activities</strong></span>: Make merit in the morning at the Vihara Phra Mongkhon Bophit Purify the Buddha statue and King Naresuan the Great statue</p>tatyutya@tat.or.th(TAT Ayutthaya office)Fairs & Festivalshttp://inter.tourismthailand.org/index.php?id=185&event_id=5644Wed, 19 Mar 2014Songkran Splendours<p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Venue</strong></span>:&nbsp;The water stage in front of Suphan Buri Bus Terminal, Amphoe Mueng Suphan Buri&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;The Songkran celebration in Supan Buri is not only one of the biggest Songkran festivals, but also has all the elements of Thailand&rsquo;s Central Plains tradition. The purpose of the festival is quite clear: which is for all to have fun!&nbsp;</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Activities</strong></span>: Watch the inter-communal Songkran parade competition with local distinctiveness from 10 different districts. And see a golden &lsquo;Luangpho To&rsquo; and Supan Buri&rsquo;s divine religious parade. Culturally, this is a chance to watch the &lsquo;Miss Songkran&rsquo; competition and enjoy concerts from famous Thai artists, while you absorb conventional art and culture with award-winning performances from local students.</p>tatsuphan@tat.or.th(TAT Suphanburi Office)Fairs & Festivalshttp://inter.tourismthailand.org/index.php?id=185&event_id=5645Wed, 19 Mar 2014Thailand-Laos Friendship Songkran<p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Venue</strong></span>:&nbsp;Wat Pho Chai, Prachak Road, Mueang District, Nong Khai</p> <p>This is a two-country collaboration to create a celebration of grand proportions, where visitors can purify the &lsquo;Phra Luangpho Phra Sai&rsquo; statue, which is Nong Khai&rsquo;s significant spiritual icon. The parade goes around Nong Khai city only once a year to give a chance for both locals and tourists to pray for blessings.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Activities</strong></span></p> <p>- Join the &lsquo;Phra Luangpho Phra Sai&rsquo; parade</p> <p>- Make merit</p>tatudon@tat.or.th(TAT Udon Thani Office)Fairs & Festivalshttp://inter.tourismthailand.org/index.php?id=185&event_id=5646Wed, 19 Mar 2014Sand pagoda ceremony on Lai Day<p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Venue</strong></span>:&nbsp;Bang Saen Beach, Mueang Sub-district, Chon Buri</p> <p>&nbsp;Sand pagoda ceremony on Lai Day, Bang Saen, is an annual event of the people of Sansuk District. This is an ancient tradition that used to be called &lsquo;Tam Bun Wan Lai&rsquo;, which is to describe the ceremony where members of many different villages come together for Songkran, the Thai New Year celebration. However, these days many customs are slowly disappearing; therefore, Sansuk Municipality decided to support and perpetuate their local event so that people future generations can learn about these traditions.</p> <p><span style="text-decoration: underline;"><strong>Activities</strong></span>:</p> <p>Sand pagoda competition</p> <p>Sea-boxing competition</p> <p>Local celebration</p>tatchon@tat.or.th(TAT Chon Buri Office)Fairs & Festivalshttp://inter.tourismthailand.org/index.php?id=185&event_id=5647Wed, 19 Mar 2014