Chiang Mai annual festivals and holidays.
The Lanna Thai kingdom of Thailand.
Chiang mai has festivals to keep even the most avid fun-seeker
happy. There is something for everyone, whether its the hot-season water
festivsl "Songkran" in April of the quieter moonlight festival
Note that each province has its own distinctive
festival when visiting please check section for event and dates.
Chiang mai red cross and winter fair.
This fair is the premier
event for much of the province's agricultural population. Farmers and
locals from miles around come to swap stories and goods. End Dec- mid
Borsarng umbrella festival.
displays traditional village life, elephants and parades. Visitors are
welcome to participate in handicrafts competition set up to promote
Borsarng village handicrafts. Mid Jan.
Wood craving fair.
A fair held at the Baan
Tawai village in Hang Dong. Features ceremonies, parades and exhibitions
of this area's woodcarving expertise. End Jan.
Cermonial veneration at king Gawila's statue.
Ceremonies take place at the statue of king Gawila, the last Lanna
king, at the Gawil Army Base. Feb 1 to 7.
Over 20 flower covered
floats parade through the city on Saturday morning. Beauty contests,
flower exhibitions, cultural performances at Buag Haad City park and
playground. Feb 1 to 3 (first weekend.)
Khantoke Dinner with
shows at the Lampang elephant camp. Feb 1 to 3.
Dteen jok festival.
Mae jaem district is well worth a
visit for this annual event. See the weaving techniques demonstrated and
prized fabrics on display. Buy unsual traditional Thai souvenirs at very
reasonable price. Feb 2 to 4.
Chinese new year.
: Feb 12.
Don't miss this fair of everyone's
favorited strawberry in Samerng district, 48 kms from Chiangmai early
This religious holiday commemorates the
occasion of the Buddha's first sermon to 250 disciples. All are welcome to
join the "Wien Tien" procession under the full moon. Worshippers carry
lighted candles, joss sticks and small flower bouquets while walking three
times around the temple Jedee. According to lunar calendar. Feb
International elephant day.
Ceremony blessing elephants
at Mae sa elephant camp, Mae rim on 13th.
Suebsan Lanna or Thai heritage week.
Princess Sirindthorn's birthday with cultural activities at Social research
Dept., Chiangmai university. April 1 to 9.
Chakri dynasty day.
Public holiday April 6.
Poy sanglong festival.
Mae hong son hosts this grand Shan
style festival to welcome new initiates into monkshood. The festival runs
from late March to early April.
5th annual Poy sanglong festival.
A local version of the
festival above held by Chiangmai residents to preserve the Shan heritage
for their children.
All are fair game in this contest of water
throwing to celebrate the Thai new year from April 13 to 15. Be sure to
wear your quickest drying clothes to all the parades, beauty contests and
cultural show scheduled also.
Public holidays. :
Labor day 1st; Coronation
This agricultural fair takes
place in the Sanzai district of Chiang mai over the second weekends in
May. Activites are beauty contest, parade and cultural show.
The Lychee is one of the
most delicious tropical fruits. Farng district is a good place to
celebrate this season. This festival takes place over the second and the
third weekends in May and has plenty of events to see and do.
City pillar Inthakin festival.
ceremony is held to invoke blessings of peace, happiness and prosperity
for the city and its residents. Buddha images are paraded around th city.
It is held at Wat Jedee Luang for 7 auspicious days and nights in the 7th
lunar month. May 8 to 15.
Doi Suthep pilgrimage.
One the night of May
10, worshippers gather to light candles and walk the 7 kms., pilgrimage up
to the temple on Doi Suthep.
This is one of the year's
purely religious holidays, in commemoration of the birth, enlightenment
and deat of the Buddha. Residents walk up to Doi Suthep to make merit at
the temple on the night of the full moon on May 26.
This merit making ceremony
is held to preserve the ancient Lanna traditions, culture and heritage,
The various activities are at the four gates and corners of the ancient
city walls on the date between May 26 and June 9.
A buddhist holy day (July
24.) commemorates the Buddha's sermon to his first five disciples, and
marks the starts of the three month Buddhist ent call "Khao
Pahnsa", (July 25.) monks do not leave their temple unnecessarily for
fear of harming any living things when walking during the rains
This fruit fair takes place in
both Chiang mai and in Lamphun province during early July.
Her majesty's birthday.
buildings and streets throughout the kingdom are brightly lit in
celebration of "Mothers Day" and in tribute to her majesty. August
Northern floral and decorative plants
Horticultural extravaganza features orchids, flower
arrangement and potted plants at Buag Haad City park and
playground. August 11 to 13.
his annual fruit fair is
held in th Uttaradit province on the second or third weekend of the month.
Parades and beauty contest are featured in this provincal fair.
The name of the celebration of
the Buddhist holy day "Awk Phansa". It marks the end of both lent
and the rainy season. Throughout the month there are colorful, noisy
processions and donations of food and necessities to monks. Lunar
Dhevo rohana offering ceremony.
the Buddha's sprit descended from heaven and returned to earth. Held on
the first day of the waning moon in the 11th lunar month. Dried food are
presented to monks at the temple on the Chiang Mai university campus.
Lumphun winter fair. :
Chiang rai 14th hilltribe festival.
Mae Come, mid Nov.
Loy krathong festival.
TMost charming of all
Thai festivals; the custom of placing handmade floats decorated with
flowers and candles on waterways goes back over 700 years to the Sukhothai
period. In the North, "Yee Peng" is celebrated for two nights under
the full moon, As the moon rised on the second night, a procession of
beautiful maidens and floats parades through the city of Chiangmai to the
Mae Ping river. Nov 19.
"Lohng sapao" jao wiang lakorn.
loy krathong fair with hot air lanterns and fireworks Nov 19.
11th Northern souvenir fair.
exhibitions of nationwide handicrafts held at Northern Industrial
promotion center, Toong hotel road. Dec 1 to 10.
The king's birthday
His majesty's birthday.
Celebrations are nationwide tributes with gaily lit buildings and streets.
This is also "Father's day" in Thailand on Dec 5.
Constitution day. :
Public holiday, Dec
Chiang mai food festivals.
annual cuisine event. There are two eating events : one event at Robinson
airport plaza no 29 to dec 5 and second location at Cherngdoi market,
Cholpratarn rd. Dec 1-5.
Christmas and New year's eve.
holidays are as lively here in Chiang mai as they are anywhere else. Every
street is alive with celebration.