MICE Middle East Websites

Thailand invites the world to join celebrations marking Buddhist Lent 2017

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is inviting tourists and locals to observe the colourful festival of Khao Phansa Day, marking the start of Buddhist Lent, which this year is being celebrated on 9 July, in unique Thai local ways nationwide.

 
 

Mr. Yuthasak Supasorn, TAT Governor said, “Khao Phansa Day is one of the most beautiful of Thailand’s festivals and sees Thais celebrating the official start of the rainy season and an important Buddhist holiday. But they do so in a variety of ways in different parts of the kingdom. Visitors can experience various aspects of the people, customs and culture found in Thailand, and discover why every trip here is unique.”

 

Khao Phansa Day, known as vassavasa takes place on the day after the full moon of the eighth lunar month (July). The celebrations in Thailand give visitors a unique insight into the culture of the area in which they are held. In Saraburi, for example, local flowers are donated to monks as a way of making merit while in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, candles are paraded on boats to celebrate the canal and boat life of the old Thai capital. In Ubon Ratchathani, the International Wax Candle Festival and Wax Candle Procession celebrates the tradition of carving wax images and candles with teams coming from all over the world to compete in a wax sculpture competition.

 

Khao Phansa is also the day when traditionally monks would go to the temples and stay there for three months of meditation and study. Their need for candlelight – as there were no electricity in the old days – during this time led to a tradition of carving amazing wax effigies and sculptures, which now play a big role in the celebrations.

 

As well as the processions of exquisitely carved candles and wax displays, Khao Phansa Day is celebrated with parades, folk dancing in traditional costumes, music and storytelling.

 

As the three-month period of Buddhist Lent is observed as a time of abstinence from drinking and eating to excess, people often see Khao Phansa Day as the last chance to indulge in their favourite local snacks and dishes. So many celebrations will have food fairs and booths selling local specialties. This makes the festival a great time to explore the unique culinary offerings of each district.

 

Mr. Yuthasak concluded, “Khao Phansa is the highlight of Thailand’s Green Season and gives visitors the chance to experience the deep spiritually of the Thai people, not to mention the fun, or sanuk that marks all celebrations in the kingdom. We invite people to join us at this special time and discover our unique Thai local experience in its purest form.”

See list of places to celebrate Thailand’s Khao Phansa Festival 2017

 

Back to Home Page

The Thai tourism industry is to forge stronger links with the kingdom’s agriculture economy by promoting the culinary delights of the globally-renowned Thai cuisine, Tourism Authority of Thailand Governor Yuthasak Supasorn has saimore
In response to Chief Minister Datuk Amar Abang Johari Tun Openg’s vision for a digitalised Sarawak, the state’s latest campaign for Business Events, Redefining Global Tribes, encourages industry members to leverage on digital techmore
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to announce that CNN Travel readers list seven Thai dishes among World’s 50 Best Foods on its Facebook poll. The list is a reformatted and republished version of the original artimore
South Korea eyeing more tourist arrivals for island containing the natural World Heritage Site Jeju Volcanic Island and Lava Tubesmore
Best Western Hotels & Resorts has continued to expand its presence across the Philippines, bringing its modern, international hotels to new and exciting destinations.more
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to welcome the launch of new Turkish Airlines flights to Phuket in Southern Thailand. Phuket, one of the world’s best known beach destinations with a number of award-winning beachmore
Dusit Thani Mactan Cebu to bring Thai-inspired gracious hospitality to Mactan islandmore
Thailand is chosen by two global leaders in association meeting industry to host two high profile international conference, the 2017 PCMA Global Professionals Conference and the UIA’s Associations Round Table Asia- Pacific 2017, more
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently held the annual TAT Action Plan for 2018 meeting, which covers both international and domestic tourism. TAT’s marketing plan 2018 has been designed to serve the purpose of generatinmore
Promotion available as part of the hotel’s Come And Celebrate My First Birthday package for bookings and stays made between 2 August to 30 November 2017more
Advertise with us
Tal Al Rumman Farm , Jerash - Jordan
......Royal Cliff Hotels Group...... Pattaya - Thailand...
Jordan Meditation Club
Caldana DMC Italy & Europe
Tsar Voyages - Russia
Monarch Travel - Tour Operators & Destination Management Company in Morocco.
Capital Travel & Tours Pvt Ltd - Maldives
Turan Asia LLP Travel Company - Kazakhstan
Middle East Adventures & Consultants - Qatar .. www.365adventures.me
Wadi Rum Promotion, Contact Mr. Omar Awad, E-mail: omar_awad _84@yahoo.com, Tel:+ 962 7 99373805
SOFITEL Bangkok Sukhumvit

Copyrightï¿¿ Mice Middle East 2013

P.O.Box 841113 Amman 11180 Jordan, Marj Alhamam, Amman - Jordan

Mobile: +962 785557778 fax: +962 65713689

Email: motaz.mice@gmail.com   Website: www.micemiddleeast.com

Motaz Othman Email