Chiang Mai Holidays and Festivals in May & June
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Chiang Mai Holidays and Festivals in May & June

Thailand is blessed with countless festivals, celebrations and events throughout the year. While some are celebrated throughout the entire kingdom, others are specific to particular regions. Some festivals are celebrated on fix dates while others are celebrated according to the lunar calendar: Labour Day – 01st May 2015 Like in many countries around the world,…

Midnight Food Offerings to the Monks
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Midnight Food Offerings to the Monks

*Midnight Food Offerings to the Monks* (ตักบาตรเที่ยงคืน) also called *Wednesday Full Moon Offerings* in Northern Thai (ภาษาทางเหนือ เรียกว่า วันเป็งปุ๊ด). On certain full moons, Buddhists can offer food to the monks at midnight. This is a tradition in Lanna and also in some parts of Issan. When the full moon falls on a Wednesday then there…

Naga Fireball Festival
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Naga Fireball Festival

## Fireballs in the Mekong There is an unusual (some would say paranormal) event that takes place year-round in the Mekong River. Unexplained [Naga fireballs](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Naga_fireball) บั้งไฟพญานาค *Boong Fai Phaya Nak* rise out of the river, shoot into the sky and then disappear. – __Full moon of the 11th lunar month (October)__ – Thursday 5 October…

Mid-Autumn Moon Festival
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Mid-Autumn Moon Festival

The [Mid-Autumn Festival](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mid-Autumn_Festival) – [เทศกาลไหว้พระจันทร์](http://th.wikipedia.org/wiki/เทศกาลไหว้พระจันทร์) – also known as the Moon Festival – takes place at the full moon of the eighth month in the [Chinese Lunar Calendar](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_calendar). This is the closest full moon to the autumnal equinox when the moon is said to be at its fullest and roundest – the so-called _harvest moon_….

Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival in Thailand
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Chinese Hungry Ghost Festival in Thailand

**Full moon of the seventh lunar month according to the Chinese lunar calendar (Mid to late August)**. – Tuesday, 5 September, 2017. – Saturday, 25 August, 2018. ## Hungry Ghosts Roam the Earth Chinese communities in Bangkok, Phuket and Chiang Mai celebrate the [Hungry Ghost Festival](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ghost_Festival). At the full moon of the seventh lunar month…

The Queen’s Birthday – Mother’s Day in Thailand
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The Queen’s Birthday – Mother’s Day in Thailand

## Thailand Holidays – H.M. The Queen’s Birthday (Mother’s Day) is observed every year on August 12. This is a national holiday. – Saturday, 12 August, 2017 is the national holiday. – Sunday, 12 August, 2018. This means that the Friday before will be quite busy, with people traveling home to be with their families….

Inthakin – City Pillar Festival, Chiang Mai
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Inthakin – City Pillar Festival, Chiang Mai

## Uniquely Chiang Mai Festival ## Inthakin also known as Sai Khan Dok – บูชาเสาอินทขีล worship of the city pillar – ประเพณี tradition of ใส่ขันดอก flower offering to the อินทขิล pillar – is a festival held every year in Chiang Mai, Thailand. It is a uniquely [Chiang Mai Festival](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chiang_Mai). The citizens of Chiang Mai are…

Phi Ta Khon Ghost Festival in Dan Sai, Loei
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Phi Ta Khon Ghost Festival in Dan Sai, Loei

__Sixth or seventh lunar month, exact date set by mediums (between March and July)__. ## Dan Sai Ghost Festival [Phi Ta Khon (ผีตาโขน)](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phi_Ta_Khon) is the most popular festival in Loei province in the Northeast of Thailand (Issan). It is held in Dan Sai district and lasts for three days. The date for this event changes…

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Coronation Day – Holiday in Thailand

__Friday, 05 May 2017__ is [Coronation Day](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coronation_Day) in Thailand วันฉัตรมงคล (Wan Chattra Mongkhon). – Saturday, 05 May 2018 This day has been celebrated every year since 5 May 1950, and commemorates His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s accession to the throne on 9 June 1946. Thailand retains the [rite of coronation](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coronation) of her monarch.

Royal Ploughing Ceremony – Holiday
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Royal Ploughing Ceremony – Holiday

## Royal Ploughing Ceremony – Thai Public Holiday ## The [Royal Ploughing Ceremony](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Ploughing_Ceremony) is an ancient rite observed in Thailand and Cambodia to mark the traditional beginning of the rice-growing ceremony. It takes place during the sixth Thai lunar month, but the actual date of the ceremony is not fixed exactly. It has to be…

Makha Bucha Holiday in Thailand
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Makha Bucha Holiday in Thailand

[Magha Puja](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magha_Puja) (มาฆบูชา) (Makha Bucha) is an important Buddhist religious festival, celebrated in Thailand, Myanmar, Laos and Cambodia. Magha is a Pali and Sanskrit word meaning _the third lunar month_, and Puja is a word in the same language that means _to venerate or honor_. It is pronounced in Thai as _Makha Bucha_. – Saturday,…