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Thai Festivals in Thailand

Isan Ghost Festival

Songkran Festival in mid April

  • In Thailand, as also in the Dai People communities of Southern China (where the Tai originated from), the Tai Lao in Laos,and the Buddhist communities in Cambodia and Myanmar, the Calender New Year is occasioned between 13 and 15 April each year. The Thai use a lunasolar calendar (both the Sun rotation and the moon phase rotation) and the date was fixed on a solar calculation. The word '' Songkran '' is derived from the Indian word '' Sankanta '' which means '' a change or move ''. The dates are now fixed but originally would move with the move of the sun on the vernal equinox. This occurred as a consequence of '' precession '' and the tilt of the earth and the effect of its orbit. Over the past the dates have changed but are now fixed irrespective of the original rationale and what would otherwise be the astrological calculation. From a natural perspective the dates also signal the end of the dry season.

Loy Krathong Festival

  • Loy Krathong Festival is celebrated in all of Thailand in November. Loy Krathong celebrates the end of the rainy season which is also the full moon of the 12th month of the Thai Lunar Calendar. Loy or Loi means to float and Krathong or Kratong means a raft of ones open hand. The point of the festival is to prepare and then float at full moon down a stream, river or other water water, an elaborately prepared offering on the raft to be released and float away by water to release with it as a symbolic gesture, ones bad feelings, anger, stress and grievances.
  • The festival has its beginnings in the Indianisation process of South East Asia and an original Brahmanical festival from Northern India. Many Thais also accept natural forces as spirits or ' gods ' and the floating of the Krathong is symbolic gesture to the Goddess of water, Phra Mae Khongkha. The Thais proclaim the festival originated in Thailand at Sukhothai at the time of the Sukhothai Kingdom, but here then also Indian and Brahmanical influences with powerful.