Thailand Festivals & Events Calendar 2017
Thailand Festivals & Events for 2016/17
This years Thailand Festivals & Event schedule is in the process of being updated,
your patience is appreciated. Thank you!
*National Holiday #Observance
Thailand Festivals & Events for 2016
(Descriptions with links to Pages below)
Handmade Umbrellas and Handicrafts Festival – Jan 20th thru 22nd – 2017 / Jan 15th thru 17th – 2016
The dates for the Handmade Umbrellas and Handicrafts Festival for 2017 has not yet been announced. The arts and crafts at this festival are a wonderful. You can watch the craftsmen and women in action as they work in teams that create beautiful umbrellas of all shapes, sizes and colors.
Thailand’s 2017 Chinese New Year (Year of the Rooster) will run from Jan 28th to the 30th. You’ll find the bigger celebrations in most of Thailand’s major cities where the majority of Chinese descendants reside.
All day and night event has three stages of live music, DJ’s and one stage dedicate to spoken word. Located 25 mins outside of the city center, this green friendly event is for the whole family.
Chiang Mai Flower Festival – February 3rd thru 5th – 2017 / February 5th thru 7th – 2016
This colorful festival is filled with a large assortment of flora that attracts visitors from around the world.
New only in the sense that I’ve just introduced it to my list of festivals. This year will be Samoeng’s 16th Annual Strawberry Festival. Festival page not available yet, coming soon.
*Makha Bucha Day – February 11th – 2017 / February 22nd – 2016
Makha Bucha Day observes Buddha’s teaching of Ovada Patimokkha. This is one of sixteen recognized public holidays in Thailand that is observed by both private and public institutions.
Thailand International Balloon Festival –
March 2nd thru 7th – 2017 / March 4th & 5th – 2016
The beautiful gentle giants for 2017’s, 10th annual Thailand International Balloon Festival, has been postponed out of respect for the passing of Thailand King Bhumibol Adulyadej. New date TBD.
Pattaya International Music Festival – TBA for 2017 / March 18th thru 20th – 2016
The Pattaya International Music Festival will be in its 16th year for 2017. This is Thailand biggest Rock ‘n’ Roll event and arguably the largest Rock ‘n’ Roll event in all of South East Asia.
Poi Sang Long Festival (Wat Muai To) – TBA for 2017 / April 1st thru 4th – 2016
Poi Sang Long is also known as “Baud Luk Kaew.” It’s one of the most important events for the Thai Yai people of Mae Hong Son. This event takes place annually but the exact dates vary from year to year.
Chakri Memorial Day observes the establishment of the Chakri Dynasty and the founding of Krung Thep (Bangkok) by King Buddha Yodfa Chulaloke the Great in 1782.
Songkran is largest water festival in the world and people come from all corners of the globe to join in. Set in the middle of the hot season, participants are armed with buckets, water guns and big barrels freezing cold water, ready to exchange in a friendly water fight.
Labor Day in Thailand, Chiang Mai style is celebrated with a parade, staged ceremony, award giving and an amazing cooking contest, accompanied by music and dance.
Coronation Day observes the crowning of King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great, the worlds longest reining King of the Chakri Dynasty (June 9, 1946 – present).
World Durian Fruit Festival (Chanthaburi) – TBA for 2017 / May 21st thru 29th – 2016
The 2016 World Durian Fruit Festival is a smorgasbord of tropical fruits, some of which can only be found in Thailand. Come on inside and take a look at what you can expect from this delicious event.
*Visakha Bucha / Vesak Day – May 10th – 2017 / May 20th – 2016
Visakha Bucha (Vesak) Day celebrates the birth, enlightenment, and entry to nirvana of the Buddha. In Chiang Mai, thousands ascend on an 11 kilometer pilgrimage to the temple atop Doi Suthep to commemorate the life cycle of the Buddha.
Phi Ta Khon (Ghost Mask) Festival – TBA for 2017 / July 6th thru 8th – 2016
Held every June, Phi Ta Khon (Ghost Mask) Festival celebrates the return of the Buddha-to-be, Prince Vessandorn. It is said that the people in the village celebrated so loud that it awoke the dead who then joined the celebration.
*Asanha Bucha (Asalha Puja) Day – July 8th – 2017 / July 19th – 2016
Asanha Bucha Day (Asalha Puja) observes Buddha’s first sermon in the Deer Park in Benares.
*Buddhist Lent Day (Wan Khao Phansa) – July 9th – 2017 / July 20th – 2016
Wan Khao Phansa marks the beginning of the Buddhist Lent period. Officially declaring the start of the rains retreat, monks avoid traveling by staying close to their monasteries and temples.
The Queen’s Birthday and Mother’s Day are both celebrated on August 12th. Her Majesty the Queen Sirikit was born in 1932.
Salak Yom Festival – (Lamphun) TBA for 2017 / September 14th thru 16th – 2016
This local festival is dedicated to women and is held at one of the oldest and most important temples of northern Thailand, Wat Phra That Harinpunchai in Lamphun.
Phuket Vegetarian Festival – Phuket – October 20th thru 28th – 2017 / October 1st thru 9th – 2016
People of Chinese descent will for nine days adhere to a strict vegetarian diet and suspend numerous activities. This ceremony is not so much about vegetarianism as it is about welcoming good spirits and warding off bad ones with mind blowing piercings. You have to see some of them to believe it!
Observes the passing of King Chulalongkorn in 1910.
Loi (float) Krathong (basket) will take place over a three days, from November 24th-26th. This enormous Thailand festival is the official festival of Loi Krathong in Chiang Mai that’s sponsored by the Tourist Authority of Thailand (TAT). Often confused with the mass release at Mai Jo, which only lasts for a few hours.
The Official Yi Peng Lantern Ceremony also known as the mass release is held yearly at Mae Jo University in San Sai, Chiang Mai. Here you’ll witness a surreal number of lanterns take off in to the heavens in one single moment. Though not a long-held tradition, it is truly a spectacular event.
*Note: Currently, I’m unaware of any special arrangements that will be made for this years birthday celebration/morning for the recent passing of Thailand King Bhumibol.
More information to come.
On December 5th Thai’s celebrate the birth of HM the King Bhumibol Adulyadej in 1927. Due to his recent passing, My previous landlord, Bee arranged a beautiful ceremony three years ago honoring the birth for her king, HM King Bhumibol. Monks were chanting, the people were praying while incense and candles burned throughout.
Constitution Day or Wan Rattha Thammanun is a celebration for proclamation of the primary permanent constitution in 1932 (What this means for right now, I’m not too sure).
Thai’s don’t celebrate Christmas exactly but they do celebrate the Christmas season as it’s a wonderful excuse to dress things up! That said, there’s also a small minority of Christians that will put on a show for the Christmas holidays. See inside for more on Christmas in Thailand
When the bell tolls, chaos reigns supreme on the streets of Chiang Mai, Thailand and like Christmas, this is not a traditional Thai holiday but Thai’s have embraced it as a time for celebration with tons of fireworks and floating lanterns.
For more information regarding dates for Thailand Festivals and Events, please visit:
TimeAndDate.com for Holidays in Thailand
Tourism Authority of Thailand’s website.
Location : 1600 New Phetchaburi Rd.,
Makkasan, Ratchathevi, Bangkok 10400
Call Center : 1672
Tel. : (66)2 250 5500
Fax : (66)2 253 7440
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More Thailand Festivals will be add to the Thailand Festivals and Events Calendar as opportunities arise.