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What are the 10 most important festival in Thailand?

Thailand is renowned for its colourful and vibrant festivals, which are an integral part of the country’s rich cultural heritage.
Here are ten of the most important festivals in Thailand:

Songkran Festival (Thai New Year)

Usually celebrated in mid-April, Songkran is the largest and most recognized festival in Thailand. Locals and visitors alike participate in water fights, street parties, and traditional cleansing rituals to mark the beginning of the Thai solar calendar.

Loy Krathong Festival

Celebrated in November, Loy Krathong is a beautiful and romantic event where people float small, intricately decorated baskets (krathongs) with flowers, candles, and incense on waterways to honour the goddess of water and ask for forgiveness for polluting the water.

Makha Bucha Day

This religious festival usually takes place in February, commemorating the Buddha’s teachings. People visit temples, make merit, and participate in candlelit processions.

Visakha Bucha Day: Celebrated in May, this day marks the birth, enlightenment, and passing of the Buddha. Similar to Makha Bucha Day, devotees visit temples to make merit and participate in rituals.

Visakha Bucha Day

Celebrated in May, this day marks the birth, enlightenment, and passing of the Buddha. Similar to Makha Bucha Day, devotees visit temples to make merit and participate in rituals.


Asalha Bucha Day

The day usually falls in July, marking the beginning of Buddhist Lent. Devotees show respect to the Buddha and his teachings through temple visits and meditation.

Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival 

Commemorating the start of Buddhist Lent, this festival (held in July) showcases intricate, hand-sculpted candles in a colourful parade. The candles are later used in temples during the Lenten period.

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Phi Ta Khon Festival

Held in the Dansai district of Loei Province, the festival celebrates local beliefs and animist traditions through unique, colourful ghost masks, costumes, music, and dance. The festival date varies each year, depending on the lunar calendar.

Chiang Mai Flower Festival

Occurring during the first weekend of February, this festival celebrates Chiang Mai’s gorgeous flora through flower floats, local music, and the crowning of a flower queen.

Vegetarian Festival

Held in October, this nine-day festival is celebrated mostly by the Thai-Chinese community. Participants abstain from meat and partake in purification rituals to bring good fortune and peace. The festival is famous for its intense ceremonies and extreme acts of devotion.

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