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Chiang Mai Festivals

January

UMBERELLA FESTIVAL
Street fair at Bor Sang village featuring parasols made
from sa paper,and stage performances.

 

 

 


WOOD CARVING FAIR

Staged at the baan tawai village in Hang Dong district
and featuring everything made from wood.

February

FLOWER FESTIVAL
Featuring floral floats,a beauty contest,agricultural
and horticultural exhibitions and sales
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MAKHA BUCHA
Commemorates the occasion when 1,250 disciples spontaneously congretaed to hear the Buddha preach.Marked by lovely triple candlelit circumambulations of Buddhist chapels by laity and monks.

 

 


STRAWBERRY FAIR

Staged at the Samerng district,48 kms from
Chiang Mai.

March

INTERNATIONAL ELEPHANT DAY
Ceremony blessing elephants at Mae Sa Elephant
Camp.

 

 

 

April

 

SONGKRAN (traditional Thai New Year,April 13-15 )
The Songkran festival, also called the water festival, is the Thai New Year (12-15 April). During this festival Thai people will pay respect to Buddha images, they clean their houses, and they sprinkle small amounts of water on their parents to honor them.

Sprinkling larger amounts of water is also the big fun during this event which takes place right in the hot dry season. In Chiang Mai, for three days the streets are full of people throwing water over each other or using water guns. Some "gangs" put big containers of water on the back of their truck and drive through town showering everybody who comes within their reach.

May
 

MANGO FESTIVAL
Two-week long fair during May at Buak Hard Park,
featuring a beauty contest and luscious locally
grown mangoes.

LINCHEE FESTIVAL
Hosted by Fang district,and featuring a beauty contest
and ever popular linchee fruit.

VISAKHA BUCHA
Commemorates the birth,enlightenment and death of the Buddha .
Merit-making similar to Makha Bucha.

CITY PILLAR INTHAKIN FESTIVAL
Stage at Wat Chedi Luang to ask for peace and
rainfall during the appropriate season.

DOI SUTHEP PILGRIMAGE
On a night in May 15,worshippers gather to light candles and walk the 12 km.pilgrimage up to the temple on Doi Suthep.

June
  THAMBOON MUANG
This merit-making ceremmony is held to preserve the ancient Lanna tradition ,culture and heritage.The various activities are at the four gates and corner of the ancient city walls on the date between May 26 and June 9.
July
 

ASAHALA BUCHA
Commemorates the Buddha’s first sermon after
gainring enlightenment.Merit-making similar to
Makha and Visakha Bucha.

KHAO PHANSA
Beginning of the annual three month Rains Retreat when Buddhist
monks traditionally forego travel and remain inside their monasteries.

LUMYAI FAIR
This fruit fair takes place in both Chiang Mai and
in Lumphun Province during early July.

August
 

NORTHERN FLORAL & DECORATIVE PLANTS
Horticultural extravaganza features orchids,flower arrangements and poyyed plants at Suan Lanna Rama IX park.

HER MAJESTY’S BIRTHDAY
Celebration of Mother’s Day and in tribute to her majesty.August 12.

September
  SALAKPAT
Merit-making festival featuring the random presentation of monastic necessities to Buddhist temples.
October
 

TOD KATHIN
The name of the celebration of the Buddhist holy day “Ok Phansa”. It marks the end of both lent and rainy season.Thoughout the month there are colorful ,noisy processions and donations of food and necessities to monks.

CHULALONGKORN DAY
Chulalongkorn Day on 23rd October is the day to pay respect to King Rama V who is one of the most famous kings in Thai history.

DHEVO-ROHANA OFFERING CEREMONY
End of the three-month annual Rains Retreat.Marked
by merit-making and offering to monks,particularly in
front of Chiang Mai University.

November
 

LOI KRATHONG ( Festival of Lights )
Occasion when Thais from all walks of life float away under the full moon candlelit offerings to the water spirits.Other festivities include float and beauty contests,boat races and the launching of colorful paper ballons.

Loi Krathong is the festival of lights. It is celebrated during the full moon of the twelfth lunar month, which is usually early to mid-November. During this festival traditional banana leaf floats (krathongs) are prepared with some incense and candles and in the evening these are set adrift (loi = to float) in rivers, canals or ponds throughout the city. Usually the krathongs will have the shape of a lotus blossom.

The Loi Krathong festival is celebrated throughout Thailand, but in Chiang Mai it has become a spectacular celebration with krathongs in the river and with hot air balloons and fireworks lighting up the sky. The festival goes on for several days and includes a great Krathong procession.

December
 

NIMANHEMIN STREET FAIR
Each year in the first weekend of December.There are Showcase of home decorative arts and fashion made from handwoven cottons nad silks.

THE KING’S BIRTHDAY
Celebrations are nationwide tributes with gaily lit building and streets.This’s also “Father’s Day” in Thailand .December 5.

CHIANG MAI FOOD FESTIVAL
Citywide celebration of local cuisine demonstrations and sales.

CHRISTMAS
Christmas on 25th December is a relatively small event in Thailand celebrated by a Christian minority, but most shops will have Christmas trees or other decorations.

DOI KHAM ROYAL PROJECT ANNUAL FAIR
Held at Chiang Mai University ArtsMuseum,Nimanhemin Rd.From 9am to 8pm daily December 27-29.

NEW YEAR
New Year's Parties take place on 31st December and 1st January. On this occasion many people in Thailand exchange gifts.

CHIANG MAI WINTER FAIR ( late December,early January )
Staged in the Chiang Mai Stadium,and featuring handcraft sales,showa, a beauty contest and games.Generally liveliest at night
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