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December 17, 2015

February Festivals Across Thailand

 

Thailand's Festivals in February 2016

 

While February is as we all know the shortest month of the year, it is still brimming over with all manner of events, from the religious  festivities surrounding Makha Bucha Day, to remembering fallen legends and former kings and so much more.  

listed here are the biggest and best  the Kingdom has to offer. The exact dates of these events are never easy to get to the bottom of…………..for all manner of reasons see our post detailing how these annual events are scheduled.

 

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Makha Bucha Day

 

Makha Bucha Day

 

When: 11th Feb 2017

Where: Across Thailand

Maka Bucha (also known as Magha Puj or the Full Moon of Tabodwe) is a national, annual Public Holiday in Thailand. The date is dependent on the Thai Lunar calendar and is celebrated across the Kingdom on the full moon of the third lunar month. For those that can’t do without their booze the bad news is; In Thailand the sale of alcohol is banned on religious holidays.

For more on the event its history and how it is celebrated in Thailand click here

 

Makha Purami Si Prachin Festival (งานมาฆปูรมีศรีปราจีน)

Makha Purami Si Prachin Festival

 

 

When: Annually on Makha Puja Day (Makha Bucha) 11th February 2017

Where: Wat Sa Morakot, Amphoe Si Mahosot Prachinburi Province Central Thailand

The event is to mark Makha Bucha Day and it is where both monks and the public will join in meditation, as well as, joining in the candlelight ceremony around the biggest and the most ancient Buddha’s Footprints in Thailand, paying their individual respects to Buddha by carrying not only lighted candles but also incense and flowers. For more on the importance to the Thai people of this day click here

 

Garland Festival (Malai Khao Tok งานประเพณีแห่มาลัย)

 

Garland Festival (Malai Khao Tok งานประเพณีแห่มาลัย)

 

When: Annually the day proceeding Makha Puja Day (Makha Bucha Day) 9-10th February 2017

Where: Maha Chana Chai District Yasothon Province Northeastern Thailand

 

While the province is better known for its Bun Bang Fai Rocket Festival this little known festival is a fun filled occasion.  Malai Khao Tok refers to a series of long lengths of strings which are decorated with popped rice, along with colourful hand-made flowers and beads to produce beautifully decorated hanging garlands. The popped rice garlands or Malai Khao Tok represent the celestial flowers and are offerings to the Buddha on Magha Puja Day.

.Using popped rice and flowers as a form of paying respect to Buddha has been practiced for centuries, where previously both were scattered during the ceremony, here in this Isaan province they are combined to make garlands which hang from poles and the roofs of miniature Wat’s. These mobile displays are then either carried by hand on the end of long poles or carried on floats which are then paraded around the town in a carnival atmosphere, accompanied with for more on this festival click here

 

Bun Khao Chi and Pho Chai Products Festival

 

February Festivals In Thialnd Bun Khao Chi and Pho Chai Products Festival

 

 

When: 12th – 14th February, 2017

Where: Pho Chai District Office, Roi Et Province North East Thailand

There are a number of these annual; festivals right across Isaan in late January-mid February, to coincide with the end of the harvest, when the farmers have new rice in their barns and the cold winds start to bite.

A picture of people encircling a charcoal stove or open fire to grill sticky rice resonates with the Isaan people and their Buddhist beliefs and they believe that by making merit with khao chi or grilled sticky rice, they will gain merit.

At this festival you can watch the parade of the giant Khao Chi (grilled sticky rice), plus witness the Khao Chi contest, the Bun Khao Chi Beauty Contest, the tasty Som Tam – Khao Chi contest and explore the many other local dishes that will be amassed to assault your taste buds.

The origins of making merit with Khao Chi

There was once a woman named Punna Thasi, a servant who offered Khanom Paeng Chi, a dessert to Lord Buddha  even though she thought Lord Buddha would not eat because it was not good enough for him; however, he ate that dessert right in front of her and preached to her until she reached Sotapattiphala (the first stage of enlightenment).

Isaan people believe in the virtue of giving and have practised Khao Chi merit making as a tradition for centuries.

Contact: Pho Chai District Office Tel. 0 4356 70770

Lantern Festival

 

Lantern Festival Thailand

 

When: February 22nd 2016 (Feb 11th 2017)

Where: Across Thailand

This traditionally Chinese festival is held annually on the 15th day of 1st lunar month, which coincides with the last day of Chinese New Year, it is on this day if you are lucky you will witness lantern parades and lion dances. On the same day it is also traditional to eat ‘Yuanxiao’ (a rice ball stuffed with different fillings) and so it is also called the Yuan Xiao Festival. The celebration is part of the Chinese New Year.

To see more on this traditional festival including its history, what Folk Dances are performed; Lion Dance, and Walking on Stilts, plus the other traditional things that happen on this date including ‘Guessing Lantern Riddles click here

 

Kalasin Pong Lang, Phrae Wa and Red Cross Fair

 

 

When: 26 February – 7 March (dates confirmed by TAT)

Where: Kalasin City Hall, Amphoe Mueang, Kalasin Province North East Thailand

While this annual festival (Thai:งานมหกรรมโปงลาง แพรวา และกาชาด จังหวัดกาฬสินธุ์) is organized around this same time each year, 2017 is slightly different as the event follows on the heels of another annual event that of the Silk and Phuk Seow Festival, (17-28th Feb), which was postponed from November 2016 due the demise of our late King.

The event will feature a number of colourful parades, featuring floats from each of its 18 districts of the province, with each in turn decorated with all manner of musical instruments, beautiful flowers and strange, mystical animals. Surrounded by a sea of people dressed in their traditional clothing, accompanied by a mass of musicians, belting out traditional Isan music.
That’s not all, there are also a number of cultural competitions, a beauty pageant. A Pong Lang bands’ contest, the pong lang is a log xylophone, which has 12-15 wooden bars that are tied together with a length of rope, the instrument is generally played by two players, who each use two hardwood sticks. The lower pitch end is attached to a post or tree and other is hooked to the player’s toe. The two performers sit on either side, one playing the melody, the other playing drone accompaniment.

For more on this event and the Queen Of Silk Weaving click HERE

 

Straw Bird Fair

 

Straw Bird Fair 2016

 

When: Annually in February (2017 dates not yet released)

Where: Chai Nat Bird Park & Chai Nat City Hall. Chai Nat Province Central Thailand

The events full name is Straw Bird Fair, Chai Nat Product Fair & Red Cross Fair. This relatively new fair was first held in February 1986; it is still going strong some 30 years later, it was formed to promote both the Chai Nat Bird Park and the local people’s desire to preserve their culture and history. It has now become one of the major festivals for the province.

These at times huge, but always intricate and brightly coloured life like straw birds, are show cased both within the confines of the Bird Park and in front of Chai Nat City Hall. Later they are perched onto equally elaborately decorated floats and then paraded around the city accompanied by musicians and people in traditional Thai dress, all to the huge delight of the onlookers.

Through-out the festivities there are numerous live performances and exhibitions displaying the diversity and cultural history of the province, along with stalls selling both local produce and handcrafts and of course as you would expect here in Thailand there are a vast array of vendors selling a myriad of delicious Thai food dishes to savour.

To see more on the event including; its history, Chai Nat Bird Park and the spiritual side of the festivities, click here

 

Pattaya Bike Week

 

 

When: Annually typically mid February 17-18th February 2017

Where: National Indoor Sports Stadium on Soi Chaiyapreuk 2 in East Pattaya Central Thailand

Known as the Burapha Bike Week, this is undoubtedly Thailand’s largest motor bike festival and raises a huge amount of money each year for charity. The event is not just for bikers and attracts all manner of people from all over Thailand and further afield.

The two day event runs well into the evenings with live local and international music bands playing through-out the event.

This is your chance to see some of the biggest, smallest, best and most bizarre bikes out there. You can also witness formal demonstrations of stunt riding (along with a few impromptu rides) As you would expect there will be a huge array of stalls selling a mass of bike paraphernalia plus and equal number selling food and drinks, unlike most Thai festivals there will also be lots of booze stalls (only to help counter the issue of the sun of course!).

 

King Mengrai Annual Festival

 

King Mengrai Annual Festival 2016When: 26 January – 4 February 2017

Where: Provincial Stadium, Chiang Rai

King Meng Rai is specific festival of Chaing Rai where it is celebrated all over the city. During the 9 days of celebrations there will be a number of colourful parades and a host of cultural performances and competitions, along with various beauty contests and games, celebrating the founder of Chiang Rai and the ancient Kingdom of Lanna. Of course this would not be Thailand if the event did not provide a vast army of street vendors and shops offering a mass of local handicrafts and food.

 

 

 

Flora Park Mist Festival

 

Flora Park Mist Festival 2016

 

When: 1 November 2016 – 31 March 2017

Where: Wang Nam Khiawo District, Nakhon Ratchasima Northeast Thailand

Known as the Switzerland of Isaan the districts motto is ‘Cool climate town.’ At this time of year it is a mass of colour and in the early morning a sea of fog. The festival is held on an area of over 50 rai at Khao Phaeng Ma and you can expect to witness a carpet of blooms from more than 100,000 flowers of over 20 different species, along with the spectacular vertical garden. There will also be over 5,000 English roses of 400 species arranged beautifully across the landscape.

 

Chiang Mai Flower Festival

 

 

Chiang Mai Flower Festival 2017

 

When: 3-5th February 2017

Where: The city of Chiang Mai Chiang Mai Province Northern Thailand

This annual 3 day festival is normally held on the first weekend in February and is possibly Thailand’s biggest floral event, now in its 41st year the event highlights the regions creative heart, Chiang Mai is known as the ‘Rose of the North’ and during the event the city’s streets literally come alive with flowers that are just about everywhere. The region is also considered one of the most scenic provinces in the country due to its mountain ranges, valleys, flora, and fauna.

The event includes a parade of fabulous floats, decorated in a myriad of beautiful flowers, all escorted by the many local hill tribes that inhabit the province dressed in their traditional clothing. It also features Miss Flower & Miss International Flower Blooming Beauty Contests, an agricultural and local food fair, plus live music concerts.

For more about the festival, the history of Chiang Mai and the Lanna Kingdom click here.

 

Trang Underwater Wedding Festival 

Trang Underwater Wedding Festival When: 13 – 15 February 2017

Where: Kantang, Trang Southern Thailand

This is the 21st year of the festival, and while its name implies it is only for those seeking to get married it is open to all those that wish to express their love for their partner no matter your age or ability. The Buddhist ceremony follows the same rituals one would find on land including the pouring of lustre water into the palms of the bride and groom. The 3 days and nights are filled with lavish processions and beach parties. This year there will be 20 couples tieing the knot in their own underwater weddings, half of them are from abroad.

 

King Narai Reign Fair

 

King Narai Reign Fair

 

When: 13-21 February 2016 (2017 TBA)

Where: King Narai Palace, Lopburi Central Thailand

This nine day event is about paying respect to King Narai the Great who was the king of Ayutthaya from 1656 to 1688 and arguably the most famous Ayutthaya Monarch. His reign saw the kingdoms greatest commercial and diplomatic success, all around the then known world.

The event includes a beautiful re-enactment of a regal ceremony that would have graced the Kings palace during his reign, along with a spectacular procession of colourful floats, horses and majestic elephants. That’s far from the finish of this mass of noise and colour, there is also the specially arranged ‘changing of the guards’ ceremony, a light-and-sound presentation as well as a host of cultural displays and dancers.

For more on the event including the use of the ancient ‘Bullet’ money, the city of Lopburi and the Kings Palace click here

 

Chao Mae Lim Ko Neaw Fair

 Chao Mae Lim Ko Niao Fair 2016

 

When: Normally 2 weeks after the Chinese New Year (7 – 13 Feb 2017)

Where: Pattani Town

Also known as the Lim Ko Neaw Goddess Celebration, Lim Ko Neaw (ลิ้มกอเหนี่ยว) is the Thai-Chinese, name of the sister of Lim To Khieng, a Chinese immigrant who married the daughter of the Pattani governor and converted to Islam. Lim Ko Neaw is said to have sailed from China to try and sway her brother to forsake Islam and return to his homeland.

 

Febuary Festivals in Thailand lim-ko-neaw

 

But he declined and to demonstrate his faith in 1578, started the construction of the Masayid Kreu Se mosque. His sister put a curse on the mosque, saying it would never be completed. After a final failed attempt to persuade her brother she hanged herself from a nearby cashew nut tree, in his grief Lim To Khieng, was unable to finish the mosque which to this day remains uncompleted.

The Pattani people, later built a shrine in her memory and carved her statue from the wood of the same cashew nut tree.  On the first day of the third lunar month every year, a colourful procession winds through the town carrying the statue of the Lim Ko Niao to the shrine. The event includes fire-walking in front of the shrine, light and sound presentations, dragon and lion dancing and swimming across the river at nearby Dechanuchit Bridge.

The shrine is located on A No Ru Road in Pattani town and is also known as the Leng Chu Kiang Shrine, Open daily 8.00 am-5.00 pm.

 

Dok Siew Blooming Festival

 

Dok Siew Blooming Festival

 

When: 13 – 15 February 2017

Where: Phu Chi Fah, Terng district Chiang Rai Province Northern Thailand

This wonderful and natual explosion of colour happens once a year in the national forest park of Phu Chi Fah. February is traditionally when the mountains spring to life with a blaze of colour from the Chongko or Dok Siew flowers at the same time at dawn when this Northern most province feels the full force of the Thai winter, a sea of fog blankets the park, the combination of mist and bloom is breathtakingly specatular. If that were not enough the event also includes a wide range of spectacular art and cultural performances from northern tribe people as well as thrilling sport competitions.

Tourism Authority of Thailand Chiangrai office +66 5371 7433, +66 5374 4674-5

 

City Pillar Worship Ceremony

 

 City Pillar Worship Ceremony

When: February (TBC)

Where: Lampang Provincial Hall, Amphoe Mueang Lampang Northern Thailand
Also known as the City Pillar and Sib Chatah Festival, the event is centered squarely on the ‘City Pillar’.

This is an annual celebration of the people of Lampang to commemorate and make Merit for the city, its Pillar and the ‘Spirits’. (City Pillars are normally found in or near the geographical centre of a provincial city, that is, near the centre of the rectangle formed by the old city walls)

The belief in spirits plays an important part in the Lanna people of Northern Thailand, who believe that spirits can bring fertility and peace to everyday life. The people will ask for the spirits, especially from their own ancestors – called “Pee Mod Pee Meng”, to help protect their family. After they have received help from spirits, they will hold a second ceremony to return the favors called “Fon Pee” (Spirit Dance)

The festival features both Buddhist and Brahmin rituals and demonstrations of the “Fon pee mod pee meng” a local dance performance, believed to be a ritual to revere ancestor spirits in order to bring good luck to the city.

Photographer: Sakkarin Suttisarn

 

Bang Rachan Heroes Memorial Fair

 

Bang Rachan Heroes Memorial Fair

 

When: Annually 4-6 February

Where: Khai Bang Rachan Park in Tambon Bang Rachan, Sing Buri Province

 According to Thai folk law the villagers of the small town of Bang Rachin in 1765, held up the might of the advancing armies of Burma for 5 months after it had ransacked the capital city of Ayutthaya, the story of a rag bag unit of simple villagers is at times likened to the tale of the “Battle of the Alamo”.

Many roads in Sing Buri are named after the heroes of the battle, while the fair includes ceremonies which pay homage to the image of Phra Achan Thammachot, the Buddhist monk, who played a major role in the defense of Bang Rachan. (His name was later given to the mountain top Wat that lies 51 kms away).

The event includes the laying a wreath before the Heroes of Khai Bang Rachan Monument and goes onto feature a spectacular sound and light show, depicting the selfless acts of the heroes of Khai Bang Rachan. There are also a number of  various stage entertainment, including traditional folk plays, dance and music and numerous exhibitions.

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Satun International Kite Festival 2017

 

Satun International Kite Festival 2016

 

When: February/ March 2017
WhereSatun Air Base, Muang District. Satun Province Southern Thailand

This is the 37th annual kite festival with teams from over 30 countries expected, including 100 teams from Thailand participating in this colourful extravaganza, with competitions in eight different categories, including Beauty, Creativity, High Flying, Sound, Marathon, native Kites, Giant and Student’s Kites.

The event also boasts a number of kite demonstrations and exhibitions along with a Miss Satun beauty contest, cultural performances featuring the diversity of the region’s population and live music concert from famous singers every night.

For more on the festival, how to get there, facts on kite flying and on the ancient southern Buffalo kites click here

 

Cotton Blossom (Dok Fai Ban)

 

Dok fai Ban Cotton Blossom

 

When: Annually during Chinese New Year (Dates not yet confirmed)

Where: In front of the provincial hall & Kut Pong Park. Loei Province Northeast Thailand
The fair’s full name is Dok Fai Ban Makham Wan Mueang Loei Red Cross Fair (Cotton blossom and Sweet Tamarin) (งานกาชาดดอกฝ้ายบาน มะขามหวานเมืองเลย).

The fair kicks off with a colourful and at times noisy procession featuring each district of the province carrying and wearing their famous cotton products and graced by the beauty queen on her float surrounded by more of the locally produced cotton products. There is also a mini Phi Ta Khon Ghost procession during the normally 7 day of festivities, along with exhibitions and cultural performances.

 

 

Phra Phutthabat Homage Paying Fair (งาน นมัสการ รอย พระพุทธบาท)

 

 

When: Between 28th Jan – 11th Feb 2017

Where: Khao Kitchakut National Park Chanthaburi Province. Eastern Thailand.

This ancient annual Fair, takes place during the period ‘from the Chinese New Year and Makha Bucha Day, (approx. January to March) and climaxes, on the highest point in the Khao Kitchakut National Park, that of 1,085 metres tall (3,560 ft), Khao Phra Bat peak.

The park is one of Thailand’s smallest National Parks and is home to forests and waterfalls (the largest Krathing has 13 separate levels), bordering as it does, the much larger Khao Soi Dao Wildlife Sanctuary.

For more on this Traditional Trek up this mystic and remote mountain, and why the air is full of noise and smells click here

Khantok Chang Fair – งานขันโตกช้าง หรือ สะโตกช้าง 

 

Khantok Chang FairWhen: Annually on first Friday and Saturday in February

Where: Thai Elephant Conservation Centre Hat Chat. Lampang Northern Thailand

 

Khantok Chang FairThe elephant centre has a well earned reputation in its efforts to rehabilitate domesticated elephants and for its elephant hospital. It is also Thailand’s, only government-owned elephant camp, proudly housing six of Royal ten white elephants, in their own Royal Elephant Stables.

Once a year the center puts on an event to showcase these former work horses of the forest. The daily show features these majestic animals displaying their traditional logging techniques plus painting pictures, making music, demonstrating agility and much more.

 

For all this hard work the pachyderms are treated to their favorite food which is presented to them Lanna style (khantoke (ขันโตก)) on traditional round floor tables called Toke (or Tok) and hence the name of the fair. Also open every day is the Dung Paper factory where you can witness the process of making paper from the animal’s dung.

If you are lucky to be in the former Kingdom of Lanna do try dining Khantoke style, where you will be treated to a rich assortment of traditional Thai Northern food. Diners sit on the floor around these small, low tables and share a number of dishes served in small bowls (khan) the meal is normally accompanied by live traditional music.

 

Phra Nakhon Khiri Festival – งานพระนครคีรี

 

 

When: 10th -19th February

Where: Khao Wang and Around the City Limit of Phetchaburi Central Thailand

The event is also known as Khao Wang, taking its name from the hill the Kings palace was built upon, during the reign of King Rama IV. This annual event is in its 156th year and is about celebrating Phetchaburi’s long and colourful, cultural heritage. The event includes ceremonies to worship both the ancestral Kings and the city pillar/shrine.

Also during the normal 5 days of festivities you can witness parades featuring the procession of monarchs who ruled Phetchaburi during the Dvaravati and Srivijaya Periods, along with numerous exhibitions on Phetchaburi’s history, including many archaeological objects found within the province. This is all with the back drop of over 1200 temple trees that are normally in bloom during the event.

Running along-side this mass of cultural activities and natural colour will be; Cooking demonstrations of the province’s famous dishes and sweetmeats, a beauty contest, an ox chariot race plus all manner of contests and a traditional Thai fair ground.

To top it all off and running every night is a light and sound spectacular with lanterns and fireworks

 

Sweet Plum Mango and Nakhon Nayok Products Fair – งานวันมะปรางหวานและของดีนครนายก

 

Sweet Plum Mango and Nakhon Nayok Products FairWhen: Annually Feb – March

Where: In front of the City Hall. Nakhon Nayok Province. Central Thailand

The event is held to promote the locally grown agricultural products that thrive in this fertile region, along with a myriad of local handicrafts. This is the time of the year is when the Maprang (sweet plum mangoes) are ripe for harvesting, and they can be found on sale and display in all manner of succulent food and refreshing drinks.

The fair includes a parade of colourful floats, featuring the local agricultural products, along with numerous contests, exhibitions, cultural performances and each night there is live music

Maprang (มะปราง)  is a plum-like tropical fruit tree native to Southeast Asia The tree is related to the mango and is hence sometimes referred to as Plum Mango the young leaves of the tree can be eaten and are used in salads, the seed is also edible if a little bitter.

 

Boon Khao Chee Festival 

 

Boon Khao Chee Festivals

When: Annually during the 13-15th days of the waxing moon in February

Where: Wat Tham Suwan Kuha, Ban Kuha Pattana, Amphoe Suwan Kuha. Nong Bua Lamphu Province. Northeast Thailand

The Thai event is closely aligned to one of the most important festivals in Laos when in the same month devotees celebrate Boun Khao Chi (Makhaboucha) or the Festival of Joy. The Lao religious celebration commemorates the day when 1,250 monks gathered spontaneously without prior knowledge to listen to the Dharma of Lord. In Thailand this same auspicious occasion is celebrated as Makha Bucha Day.

The annual celebration and merit making at Wat Than Suwan Kuha features a gigantic khao chee, a local dish (originally from Lao – Lao people eat more sticky rice than anyone else on the planet) made from roasted sticky rice dipped in egg and sugar cane juice.

It is not a surprise to see this Lao festivals celebrated in this part of Thailand especially when you consider that There are approximately six times more ethnic Lao in the Isan region of northeastern Thailand than in Laos itself.

 

King Rama II Memorial Fair

 

King Rama II Memorial Fair

 

When: Usually the first weekend in February
Where:  King Rama II Memorial Park, Samut Songkhram Province

While this maybe the Kingdoms smallest province by land mass, it puts on this annual event with great enthusiasm and is a celebration of King Rama II, (Phra Phutthaloetla Naphalai or Rama II, the second monarch of Siam under the House of Chakri, ruling from 1809 to 1824). The King was known as “Ek Akkharakhattiyasinlapin,” or the Great Artist, his reign was known as the “Golden Age of Rattanakosin and is widely recognised as a ruler who contributed much to his country through his patronage of the arts, his own ability as a poet and was instrumental in the reconstruction of Siamese culture and royal traditions

The people of a grateful country pay homage to their past King with visual displays on how the Thai way of life was during his reign, including khon mask performances, (Khon (Thai: โขน) is a genre of dance drama from Thailand. It is traditionally performed solely in the royal court, by men in masks accompanied by narrators and a traditional piphat ensemble-Wikipedia) Hun Krabok puppet shows, (Bamboo puppets operated from below by puppeteers and first found in Thailand over 300 ago) Along with cooking demonstrations on making Thai food, sweets and desserts, there are also an agricultural fair featuring a number of competitions and of course a huge range of souvenirs and local products for sale..

Contact: TAT Tel: +66 (0) 3451 1,200, (0) 2 500 3451

 

Flora Park Mist Festival

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When: 1 November 2016 – 31 March 2017

Where: Wang Nam Khiawo District, Nakhon Ratchasima Northeast Thailand

Known as the Switzerland of Isaan the districts motto is ‘Cool climate town.’ At this time of year it is a mass of colour and in the early morning a sea of fog. The festival is held on an area of over 50 rai at Khao Phaeng Ma and you can expect to witness a carpet of blooms from more than 100,000 flowers of over 20 different species, along with the spectacular vertical garden. There will also be over 5,000 English roses of 400 species arranged beautifully across the landscape.

 

Tulip of Siam Festival

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When: 1st December – 28th February 2017

Where: Play La Ploen Flora Park. 32 km. from the city of Buriram. Northeast Thailand

Opened only last year, this is one of the provinces latest attractions. The festival can boast some stunning blooms, featuring not only the Tulip, but also begonia, hydrangea, lily, cyclamen, and hollyhock among others, alongside fun sculptures and examples of local culture. The Flora Park is a part of Play La Ploen Boutique Resort and Adventure Camp. The venue provides accommodation and various adventure activities for visitors, both young and old alike.

 

Water Melon Day

When: Late January – February each year (Dates as yet not published)

Where: Kura Buri District Office Phang Nga Southern Thailand

When the humble watermelon takes centre stage from the provinces better known famous James Bond Island, which featured in the 1974 movie The Man with the Golden Gun.  You not only get the chance to  enjoy the water melons in all their glory,  there is also a beauty contest, as well as exhibitions, including agricultural products,  a food competition and  beauty contest, all wrapped up in a carnival atmosphere.

Water Melon DayFacts about Watermelon you may not know

Watermelon Is a Fruit and a Vegetable

Watermelons are related to cucumbers, pumpkin, and squash? That’s because it’s part vegetable and part fruit (it’s a sweet, seed-producing plant).

 

You Can Eat Watermelon Rind and Seeds

Most people throw away the watermelon rind, but try putting it in a blender with some lime for a healthy, refreshing treat. Not only does the rind contain plenty of health-promoting and blood-building chlorophyll, but the rind actually contains more of the amino acid citrulline than the pink flesh.

Citrulline is converted to L-arginine in your kidneys, and not only is this amino acid important for heart health and maintaining your immune system, but it has been researched to have potential therapeutic value in over 100 health conditions, including help with erectile dysfunction by helping to relax the blood vessels, and that’s why watermelon is sometimes referred to as “Nature’s Viagra.”

While many people prefer seedless watermelon varieties, black watermelon seeds are edible and actually quite healthy. They contain iron, zinc, protein, and fibre. (In case you were wondering, seedless watermelons aren’t genetically modified, as they’re the result of hybridization)

Samoeng Strawberry Festival 2017

 

WHEN: 10 February 2017 – 14 February 2017 (all-day)

WHERE: Samoeng district, Chiang Mai. Northern Thailand

The 16th Samoeng Strawberry Festival, a fruity and fun event, is scheduled to take place five days from 10-14 February, 2017.

Samoeng is a small farming community of perhaps 5,000 inhabitants roughly 50 km from Chiang Mai. It lies in a lovely valley with the valley floor at an elevation of about 550 m. Its claims to fame are its strawberries, for which it is justly acclaimed, and the so-called Samoeng Loop, a 100 km circuit through the mountains from Chiang Mai, well-known to both bicycling and motorcycling aficionados. The town is about as Thai as possible, with only the occasional Westerner in sight.

The event centres around the Samoeng district Office and will feature a range of activities including a strawberry contest, a strawberries and flowers processions, booths selling sweet examples of the local strawberries as well as other agricultural crops and local products. There will also be sporting games and competitions, a market selling delicious local foods, cultural performances, beauty contests and many other fun activities.

 

 

Don Chedi Memorial Day

Don Chedi Memorial Day 2016

 

When: Annually 18 January – 1st February 2017

Where: Suphan Buri Province Central Thailand

This annual event is to celebrate King Naresuan the Great and his victory over the Burmese in January 1592. Along with Thai traditional fair activities, stalls and cultural performances there is an evening spectacular featuring traditionally clad battle elephants in a re-enactment of the famous battle, plus a multimedia presentation on the life of the King and that of the Suphan Buri. In this years event, a 3D exhibition to honor the late King Rama IX will also be shown to the public.

More on the legend of King Naresuan and why you see Roosters all over Thailand Click Here

 

The Ancient Nop Phra Len Phleng Fair

 

February Festivals Across Thailand The Ancient Nop Phra Len Phleng Fair

 

When: Annually during the celebrations of Makha Bucha (11th February 2017).

Where: The Historical Park of Kamphaeng Phet. Kamphaeng Phet Province. North Central Thailand

The Ancient Nop Phra Len Phleng Fair  (งานนบพระเล่นเพลง), is an ancient tradition dating back to the times of Sukhothai Kingdom (1238-1438), details of earlier festival were found on the inscription stone found at nearby Nakhon Chu. These markings display how processions were previously organized, to pay homage to the town’s major religious sites.

The fair today, consists of a number of colorfully decorated parades, where the many participants dress in elaborate, ancient attire, crossing the Ping River to pay homage to the Holy Relic on the opposite bank of Nakhon Chum.

For more on this ancient Fair and the history of the Park click here

 

Bun Boek Fa Fair and Red Cross Fair & Phra That Na Dun Festival

 

Bun Boek Fa Fair and Red Cross Fair & Phra That Na Dun Festival February Festivals in Thailand

Two different annual celebrations for the price of one

When: 3rd Feb 2017

Where: Maha Sarakham Province Northeast Thailand

The first is a celebration of the end of the harvest season with all manner of fun, colour and good humour, while the second is a week long sombre Buddhist celebration.

For more on both click here

 

Balloon Fiesta 2017

Photo by: Phudinan Singkhamfu

Photo by: Phudinan Singkhamfu

 

When:14-18 February 2017

Where: Singha Park in Chiang Rai. Northern Thailand

Singha Park, just 12 kilometers from Chiang Rai, draws some one million visitors each year; bicycle trails, exotic animals and restaurants add to the attractions of one of Thailand’s largest agro-tourism destinations. The spectacular hot air balloon event is a fun-loving festival held over four days, combining daily balloon competitions and sensational nightly Balloon Magic Night Glow, a show created by dozens of balloons.

The balloon event is considered one of the largest in South East Asia, with participants from 14 countries, including the United Kingdom, the United States, Switzerland, Brazil, China and Japan.

At the event on Valentines’ Day, some 20 couples are invited to attend a special wedding ceremony sponsored by the Park, to fly in a balloon, celebrating their special and memorable moments.

Among festivities are food and drink stalls, booths offering games and prizes, and romantic music concerts that appeal to the young and the young-at-heart.

 

Mini Light and Sound Show at Phimai Historical Park

An event where visitors are whisked back in history to see how life was like in an ancient lost Kingdom

When: 25th February 2017

Where:  Phimai historical park (Thai: ปราสาทหินพิมาย) Nakhon Ratchasima Province (Thai: นครราชสีมา), often called Korat

On a few nights of each year, in this north eastern province, within the ancient confines of this once magnificent Khmer temple, the past once more comes alive with a lavish sound and light show.

Situated in the Phimai Historical Park, these regular events are not on the scale of the major Phimai Festival  held in the same location each year in November, which is in three distinct parts: The Brahmathat Court Light & Sound Show, Long-Boat Racing and the Korat Cat Competition.

That is not to say these smaller festivals do not possess a charm of their own, those who are fortunate enough to be part of these events are individually welcomed, by local people with a traditional Bai Si ceremony, this is where each guest is greeted by, the trying of string around their right wrist.

For more on this event click here

 

Phuket Old Town Festival

 

 

When: 2- 4th February

Where: Thalang and Phang Nga Roads, Old Town Phuket.  Southern Thailand

 

This annual event is somewhat scaled down this year, to honour the late HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Normally held as it is at the beginning of the Chinese New Year (28 Jan 2017), this years celebrations coincides with the day reserved by the local Thai-Chinese community for paying respect to Chinese gods.

The opening day of the festival will be held at the 72nd Anniversary Queen Sirikij Park. The schedule of events include:

February 2

5pm-6:30pm – Parade to honour the late HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej

6:30pm-7pm – Traditional show

7pm-8pm – Official opening of the festival

8pm-11pm – Chinese drum performances by Muang Phuket Municipal School, Phuket Rajabhat University and Mr Saxman

February 3

6:30pm-7pm – Chinese music performance by the Andaman Band, Muang Phuket Municipal School and Jazz Band

Febuary 4

6:30pm-7pm – Chinese music performance

7pm-11pm – Performances by Phuket Rajabhat University, Muang Phuket Municipal School, Symphonic Band and String Band

 

 

Wat Chalong (or Chalong Temple) Fair

 

 

When: Annually starting on the Chinese New Year  (27th Jan – 2nd Feb 2017)

Where: Wat Chalong on Chaofa West Road, Phuket

This is definitely the largest of all temple fairs on the island. It’s a seven-day extravaganza of color, aromas, sounds and people buzzing everywhere. There’s all kinds of performances, fun and games going on. Every night at around 7 pm, delighted audiences can enjoy some dazzling performances by famous Thai folk (luk-thung) singers and traditional southern Thai puppeteers.

It first began in 1933 with local farmers living around Wat Chalong. After lots of hard work and a successful harvest they would get together and create a kind of fun fair on the temple grounds.

In latter years, they set up the fair over the Chinese New Year period to encourage a sense of togetherness and mutual enjoyment between the local Thais and the resident Chinese folk.

 

 

Hae Phra Khuen That Festival – An ancient, colourful event that is been taking place in this holy place for over 800 years

 

 

When: 7-11 February 2017

Where: Wat Phra Mahathat Woramahawihan and Phra Borom That Chedi Nakhon Si Thammarat. Southern Thailand

 

This is undoubtedly one of the southern provinces largest annual Buddhist festivals, beginning on Maka Bucha Day (also known as Magha Puj or the Full Moon of Tabodwe); an annual Public Holiday in Thailand. The date is dependent on the Thai Lunar calendar and is celebrated across the Kingdom on the full moon of the third lunar month; 11th February 2017.

 

The Phra Borom That Chedi, (literally, the Great Noble Relics Stupa), is believed by Buddhists to be the representative of Lord Buddha, and also is home to a number of holy relics. The pagoda is therefore highly revered, by both local people and many others, both within the Kingdom and elsewhere in the Buddhist world.

For more on this ancient festival click Here

The Kam Fa Festival (ประเพณีกำฟ้า) (or Boon Kam Fa Festival)

 

 

When: Second & Third day of the waxing moon in the third lunar month (February)

Where: Phai Lio Sub-district, Don Phut District. Saraburi Province Central Thailand

The festival has its origins from the once rich history of the Phuan People. This annual event is organised to seek a blessing from gods and spirits who protect the Phuan and who can bestow both good and bad luck. The traditionally two – three day event is held across both Thailand and Lao traditionally on second and third day of the waxing moon in the third lunar month.
The festival is a combination of merit making, parades and the chance for the Phuan to wear their traditional clothes, play their ancient games, sing and dance to long remembered songs and enjoy delicious food all wrapped in a carnival atmosphere.
For more on this event and why the sound of thunder is so important to these people see our post Kam Fa Festival

 

Red Lotus Sea Nong Han Kum Pavapi Festival 2017

 

When: 10 January 2017 – 28 February 2017

Where: Wat Ban Tium, Chiang Haeo sub-district, Kum Pavapi district, Udon Thani

The flowers of the Red Lotus Sea in Kum Pavapi district of Udon Thani are usually in full bloom at this time of the year. All visitors will find stunning scenery to enjoy, especially in the early mornings until 11.00 Hrs.

The flowers on the lake tend to bloom from New Year till around February. Tourists can hire a boat to see the red lotus up close and enjoy the natural scenery of the fresh water lake and waters, which are home to a variety of fish, birds, wildlife and aquatic plants.

TAT Udon Thani Office +66 042325406-7

 

 

Silk and Phuk Seow Festival 

 

When: 29 November – 10 December 2016 (Due to the demise of our late King – Moved to 17 -28th February 2017)

Where: City Hall on Thanon Na Soon Rachakarn. Khon Kaen Northeast Thailand

Thailand has for centuries been famous for its production of silk and the making of silk garments and no more so than the Northeastern city of  Khon Kaen, which again plays host to this annual event. The festival aims to promote the art of both silk weaving and the rearing of silk worms and is held in tandem with the moving phuk seow/siao ceremony, a traditional friendship-deepening ritual of the Northeast which involves the exchange of symbolic wrist strings. (Also known as the su Khwan ritual)

“Seow” (a word for “friend” in Northeast dialect) refers to two people who are full of great loyalty, sincerity and share a close relationship with each other. Nothing, even death, will put them apart. This relationship is not only supposed to happen among the two “friends”, but also be felt and shared with others in their families.

To see more on this event click HERE

 

 

Thao Thep Festival

February Festivals in Thailand Thao Thep Festival

When: 1-15 March 2017
Where: Various locations in the Thalang area, north of Phuket including Heroines’ Monument and Wat Pranangsang. Southern Thailand

A lavish spectacular to honour the two local sisters who gave their life for the people of Phuket. While the high-light of the festival is undoubtedly the Light and Sound Show with its huge historical performance, there are a multitude of cultural and sporting activities, through-out the two week festival.

Plus a traditional Thai Fair with rides and games. In amongst all this fun and games there are also colourful processions from the Thalang District Office to Wat Muang Komarapat and a ceremony to pay homage to the two courageous sisters.

For more on what else is going on at the festival and more about the courageous sister’s click here

 

 

 

For more on Festivals across Thailand for each month click on any of the Following:  JanuaryFebruaryMarchAprilMayJuneJulyAugustSeptemberOctoberNovemberDecember

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