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Chiang Mai 2009 Festival Dates in Thailand

Festivals are an essential part of Thai life and as such offer the visitor a valuable opportunity not only for having fun, but also for gaining an insight into various aspects of Thai culture. This is especially true in the rural areas where the year is still dictated by the agricultural cycle and times of toil are punctuated by seasonal festivals that serve as both holidays and propitious occasions.

Mary festivals follow the lunar calendar and are thus moveable feasts, while others have set annual dates. There are, however, so many throughout the year that whenever you arrive in Thailand you can be pretty sure of being in time for one special occasion or another.

Bo Sang Umbrella Festival (January 2009)
At this festival, Bo Sang Village holds a demonstration and sale of various items made of sa paper, especially umbrellas. Besides, there are cultural shows, parades and handicrafts competition.

Flower Festival (February 6-8, 2009)
This event occurs during the period when Chiang Mai's temperate and tropical flowers are in full bloom. The festivities include colourful floral floats, parades, traditional dancing shows and a beauty contest. See our personal photos here and here.

City Pillar Inthakin Festival
City Pillar Inthakin Festival is held to invoke blessings of peace, happiness and prosperity for the city and its residents. Buddha images are paraded around the city. It is held at Wat Chedi Luang for 7 auspicious days and nights in the 7th lunar month.

Songkran Festival (April 13-15, 2009)
The celebrations of this Thailand New Year festival in Chiang Mai has become more and more famous each year. The traditional events include merit-making at temples, cultural shows, dancing shows, a beauty contest and parade and good-natured water throwing. One significant event is the procession of highly revered Phra Phuttha Sihing Buddha image through the streets of Chiang Mai for people to sprinkle water at as a form of worship.

Loi Krathong Festival (Nov 2, 2009)
This old festival held on the full moon night of November is said to be the most charming of all in Thailand. In Chiang Mai, a procession of floats with beautiful maidens sitting on goes through the city to the bank of the Mae Ping River, where hundreds of people assembling to float their banana-leaf containers (krathong) decorated with flowers and candles onto the river to worship, Mae Khong Kha, the Goddess of Water.


For more our personal details and festival recommendations from those holidays mentioned above, see When to Come to Chiang Mai.

For details on other festivals around Thailand see content at this link http://www.travexnet.com/festivals/; click on the Dates and Details for each 3 months to see individual dates for each festival.

Also, take a look at http://ash-hotel.com/siam/festival.htm for more festival content.

We HIGHLY recommend the Vegetarian Festival in Phuket during October each year.


Thailand Public Holidays for 2009

 January 1
 New Year's Day
 February 9
Makha Bucha Day
 April 6
Chakri Day
 April 13-15
  Songkran Days
 May 1
National Labour Day
 May 5
Coronation Day
 May 8
Visakha Bucha Day
7km Pilgrimage up Doi Suthep
 July 7
 Buddhist Lent Day
 August 12
H.M. The Queen's Birthday (also Thailand's Mother's Day)
 October 23
Chulalongkorn Memorial Day
 December 5 (7th Observed)
H.M. The King's Birthday
(also Thailand's Father's Day)
 December 10
Constitution Day
 December 31
 New Year's Eve
 Jan 1 2010
 New Year's Day

 


Chiang Mai Visit: How to get to Chiang Mai, Thailand

Chiang Mai is a popular destination in the north of Thailand. All details for how to do it are provided by the Tourism Authority of Thailand including... General Information, How to get there, Maps, Festivals, Local Products, Attractions, Shopping, Dining, Where To Stay...

www.tourismthailand.org/destinationguide/list.aspx?provinceid=38


 

 


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