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Festivals in Thailand

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Thailand has a lot to offer to its visitors and apart from its gorgeous landscapes people also come here to taste its culture. Some of the major festivals on Thailand are enlisted below.

The River of Kings Festival This festival takes place in January each year. It is a light and sound musical, where over 700 actors participate along with live elephants. The festival takes place to commemorate the rich history of this country. The festival usually takes place from 31st January to 9th February.

Songkran Festival It is one major festival of Thailand, which takes place during the Thai New Year. The festival usually starts on 13th and ends by 17th. It is a religious festival, where people Pay homage to Lord Buddha. Water is thrown on elders as a show of respect, which in recent years has turned into a water fight. During Songkran, there are colorful parades and other ecclesiastical affairs.

Thailand Shopping Festival It is a very popular festival for the locals and the tourists alike. In the month of June, grand sale is offered in the shopping malls. There are huge discounts on clothes, jewels, handicrafts, textiles and other products. The visitors can also enjoy huge discounts in hotels, restaurants and amusement parks during this month.

Phuket Vegetarian Festival The Thai- Chinese community in Phuket started this festival and it takes place each year from 17th to 24th October. The vegetarian festival is celebrated to purify mind and soul by not consuming meat. There are colorful processions during this festival and unique display of face and body piercing. The ceremony for the deities is organized on the last day of the festival to prevent ill fortune.

Yi Peng Festival Yi Peng Festival is more popular in the Northern part of Thailand and is best celebrated in Chiang Mai. The festival takes place from 27th October to 2nd November. Lanterns are released in the night sky as an offering to Lord Buddha. There is also a gorgeous procession and other cultural performances.

Loy Krathong Festival The Loy Krathong Festival also known as the festival of lights takes place in mid November. The ritual is of setting afloat a decorated banana in the river. It is one of the traditional and most ancient rituals of Thailand.