Top famous festivals in Thailand

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1.    Water Festival

This festival is also called Songkran in the local language or the New Year Festival. The festival takes place from the 13th to the 15th of April annually, marking the transition from the old year to the new year. This is the biggest and funniest festival in Thailand. In this time of the year, every family decorates their houses with flowers and light and all the streets look so good. In the first morning of the festival, local people usually go to the temples or pagodas to pray and then all poured into the main streets. They try to use water pumps, buckets, pots, especially water guns to scoop, fall, spray water together. The purpose of this festival is to clean all the dust and bad luck of old year to welcome good things in a new year. 

2.    Loi Krathong Festival

It is the second largest festival in Thailand just after Songkran festival. This is a traditional festival celebrated on the full moon of December in the Thai calendar. The purpose of the Loi Krathong festival is to pay homage to the goddess of water who has given a bumper season. Another meaning of this festival is that dropping flower lanterns is a way for people to banish things that happen in the past and to pray for blessings that will come in the future. It is considered to be one of the most romantic festivals in the world with the sparkling light, scented candles, and sky lanterns. Other interesting activities are also held during the Loi Krathong Festival, such as the Krathong lights contest, the Noppamas beauty contest, folk games, art performances, and fireworks.

3.    Lopburi Monkey Banquet Festival

On the last Sunday of November in Lopburi province, will hold a special monkey festival. In this festival, hundreds of monkey can freely choose and pick their favorite fruits or drinks. This tradition displays the gratitude of local people to the monkey. In the view of the Thai people, monkeys are regarded as soldiers guarding the Hindu god Narai, so people celebrate this festival to thanks them. It's also an interesting way to attract tourists. It is estimated that each year there are about 4 tons of fruits used in this party, including bananas, apples, grapes, etc. and many different drinks such as fruit juice, coca, milk, mineral water, etc.

4.    Khao Phansa Festival

With more than 90% of the Buddhist population, Buddhism plays an important role in the spiritual life of the Thai people. Khao Phansa Festival is a great Buddhist festival to celebrate the 3 months of the monks in Thailand. This festival starts in July each year. During the festival, the monks will not leave the temple, and the people will pray for good things for themselves and their families. On this occasion, as a tradition of Thailand, many Thai young people also take temporary ordination as monks to bless for their parents.

5.    Vegetarian Festival

Vegetarian Festival is held in September in many locations but the most famous spot is in Phuket. During the festival, devotees have to strictly abide by the rules of fasting, drinking, and sex. Moreover, they have to wear white clothes and parade across all the streets. In particular, on the sixth day of the festival, there will be some impressive activities such as piercing needles into the body and walking on hot coal.