Bangkok Culture Guides


Festivals in Bangkok

Bangkok Culture | Bangkok culture and festivals
Songkran 2008 in Soi Cowboy in Bangkok

Bangkok is filled with so many activities for both visitors and locals, it is not astonishing to find out it is known as the city that never sleeps. There are a number of various festivals throughout the year. This will ensure you will always have something to do when you visit Bangkok.

Combining Thai's culture and Bangkok's city values you are welcome to the festivals. These festivals are made up of traditional events from Thailand's vibrant history, as well as the religious beliefs of Thailand, and some traditional ideas. Some of the other festivals are just for fun, which is their way of promoting good health and reducing day-to-day, big city stress.

January festivals in Bangkok

New Year Festival is not the Thai New Year, but to the Thais this is a holiday celebrated with fireworks, parties, and the giving of gifts. The first of January is a national holiday, so if it falls on a weekend day, Saturday or Sunday, the Thais are given another day off as compensation. This is one of the many festivals in Bangkok.

Chinese New Year Festival is an important event to the Thais, because many of the Thais are of Chinese origin. This is a time for people to pay respect to their forefathers who has passed on. In Thai, it is considered to be a gathering of the family. They will all eat together and the elders will give money to the children. It is also celebrated with many parades and contests, as well as the Chinese food festival around Yaowarat, the Chinatown area of Bangkok. This is an important festival in Bangkok.

February Festivals in Bangkok

Bangkok International Film Festival takes place every year to encourage unconventional award-winning international and local films. Some of these films cannot be seen on the major movie screens. The Royal Government and the Tourism Authority of Thailand organized this festival. It features workshops, and symposiums along with special tributes, the Bangkok Film Market and impressive special events. This is one of the festivals in Bangkok not to be missed.

The Makabucha Day a festival in Bangkok which originally came from the day when 1,250 disciples of Lord Buddha gathered together to listen to the Dharma speech following Buddha's enlightenment. The Buddhists go to the temple earn worth and in the evening they perform a candlelit march around the temple.

March Festivals in Bangkok

Kite Flying Festival is a festival in Bangkok to celebrate the beginning of summer, which in Thailand is around March. It is also when Bangkok residents go out and play with kites. The kite flying takes place at the famous Sanam Luang, the main grounds opposite the Grand Palace. Kite flying activities have been Thai's popular sport for many years. Every year there is a kite-fighting contest on the grounds of Sanam Luang.

April Festivals in Bangkok

Songkran Festival is one of the festivals of Bangkok known for its fun water fights. Songkran acts as the traditional Thai New Year. During this festival you will find many activities such as parades of dancers and music troupes. The Thai people will visit their parents and grandparents in order to wish them good health. The parents and grandparents give them blessings in return. They will go to the temple to earn worth and wish for good luck and prosperity. Most of the events of the Songkran festival will take place around the Grand Palace and Sanam Luang, near Kaosan Road, but for the water fighting and the majority of the merriment you will go to Kaosan Road where the center of the activities will be. The splashing and the water funs lasts for three days during the time of the lunar full moon.

May festivals in Bangkok

Another of the festivals in Bangkok is the Ploughing Ceremony. The King is the host of this festival. The King will plough the ground as a sign to indicate the beginning of the planting season. This ceremony is an ancient Brahmanic ceremony and has been passed on for many generations. The King will also bless the farmers so they will have the best year at harvest time.

Visaka Bucha Day a festival in Bangkok is the Buddhist holiest day. To the Buddhist, it is to commemorate the birth, enlightenment and the death of Buddha. The Buddhists typically go to the temple in the evening to take part in the candlelit procession.

June festivals in Bangkok

International Festival of Dance and Music - Part 1 is the first half of this festival in Bangkok. It is organized each year to highlight a selection of world-class performances from all over the world. There will be a wide assortment of dance and musical shows. These performers have gained international fame worldwide.

July festivals in Bangkok

Asaiahabucha Day is a festival of Bangkok to celebrate the last day before Buddhist Lent. This day is set aside to honor the first sermon of Buddha to his five first disciples. The importance of this day is it deals with Buddha, Dharma and Sangha. There will be a candlelit procession and fun exhibitions at the temple.

Buddhist Lent Day is a festival of Bangkok, but it also has religious significance. The Buddhist monks will not leave the temple for three months after this day. They remain in the temple to pray. It is believed the monks should retreat from the rain because this day is during the rainy season, and they should not walk on any plants grown by the villagers. The Buddhists typically go to the temple to earn worth and to give food to the monks since they are not allowed to visit any of the residents. During this time there is a festival where people decorate large candles to enter the candle competition. The candles are then taken to the temple for the monks to use at night.

August festivals in Bangkok

August 12th is Queen Sirikit's birthday so this festival is to celebrate her birthday and to act as the National Mother's Day. The Grand Celebration of Her Majesty's the Queen is as national holiday so there are many celebrations going on in Bangkok and most of them are to show love and respect to the Queen of Thailand. In the evening everyone gathers at Sanam Luang with lighted candles to wish the Queen a "happy birthday". During the month of August are decorated with pictures of the Queen and collections of flowerbeds. They also give jasmine, a symbol of Mother's Day, to their mothers and take them out for a meal.

September festivals in Bangkok

During the month of September is the Food Festival in Chinatown, one of the festivals of Bangkok. Chinatown on Yaowarat Road s turned into the center for a huge array of Chinese and Thai food. During this festival you will witness cultural and musical shows.

International Festival of Dance and Music - Part 2 is the second half of the festival in Bangkok started in June. As in the first half the second half will feature the collection of world-class performances from all over the world. There will be an assortment of dance and musical shows perform by performers, who have earned international fame worldwide.

October festivals in Bangkok

The Moon Cake Festival is a festival of Bangkok, which is celebrated by those of Chinese origins living in Bangkok. The event is celebrated with the giving of a "moon cake" to each other. This moon cake is a special kind of sweet cake made in the shape of a moon and filled with sesame seeds, ground lotus seeds and eggs. This ceremony pays tribute to the Goddess of the Moon.

End of Buddhist Lent Day is the festival of Bangkok to signify the end of Lent. The monks can now leave the temple to visit residents in Bangkok. Their rain retreat has come to an end. This ceremony lasts for the whole month. There are robe offering ceremonies or "tot kra-tin" taking place all over Thailand. This ceremony is where the people bring the monks clothes and food.

November festivals in Bangkok

Krathong Floating (Loi Kratong) a festival in Bangkok is celebrated nationwide. It began in the Sukothai period and has been observed since that time. The people make a krathong, which is a lotus shaped vessel decorated with flowers and candles. Then they will take them to the waterside to set afloat as a way to pay their respects to the Goddess of the Water for allowing them to have water to use every day. There are also fun fairs; concerts, many games and activities along with contests have all been organized for this festival.

Another of the festivals of Bangkok is the Golden Mount Fair. During this week of the festival, the Buddhists in Bangkok to the Golden Mount located in the grounds of the Saket Temple to worship the Buddha's relics. At this festival you will find some folk plays, local food and a small amusement park.

Thai Beer Festival is another one of the festivals in Bangkok. There are beer gardens rapidly increasing in number all over Bangkok and this is where the Thai people go when the weather gets cooler. The beer garden located in front of the Central World Plaza is one of the most famous. In the beer gardens you can find an assortment of foods and snacks to eat with the major brands of beer such as Singha, Leo, and Chang. There are some international beers such as Heineken. Stages have been set up for singers and dancers to perform.

December festivals in Bangkok

The Military Parade is an annual festival in Bangkok performed by the Royal Guards before the King on the Ground of King Rama V's Equestrian Statue. They parade in unity as a way to show their respect and loyalty to the three most important institutions of Thailand, the King, the nation, and the religion of Buddhism.

The Grand Celebration of His Majesty's the King is a festival in Bangkok to celebrate the King's birthday on December the 5th. It is also observed as the National Father's Day and a national holiday. The celebration is grand and is held at Sanam Luang where important people of the court and citizens will gather to pay their respects to the King. With lighted candles in their hands, they will wish the King a "happy birthday" and sing songs for the King. The entire month of December, you will find most streets decorated with the Thai flag, pictures of the King and many flowers. On the 5th, Thai people will give canna flower, symbol of Father's Day and take them out for a meal.

Thai people do not celebrate Christmas however there are usually many parties and Christmas fairs at many of the markets. Christmas cards and Christmas trees can be found at every mall in Bangkok. Huge Christmas trees can be seen in front of the first-class hotels. Some of the restaurants will celebrate Christmas by giving discounts or special promotions. Only at Christmas time, some shops will sell ice cream and candles.

Last Updated: 26 Sep 2011

Photos for Festivals in Bangkok



Gallery Photos
Songkran 2008 in Soi Cowboy in Bangkok
Songkran 2008 in Soi Cowboy in Bangkok
Songkran 2008 in Soi Cowboy in Bangkok
Songkran 2008 in Soi Cowboy in Bangkok