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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the popular festivals and events in Bangkok?

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Though Bangkok seems to be shrouded in a fancy air of festivity all around the year, there still is a ‘festive’ festival time there. It’s usually during the winters that lighted lanterns, colourful fliers, and beautifully decorated barges come out in their full glory, ready to enthrall the masses. Dive in the sea of celebrations by partaking in:

  • Songkran


This week long festival in April sees many of the residents flying off to their hometowns as the rest of the world pours in Bangkok. It marks the traditional new, year and though the celebration time is said to be from April 13 to April 15, it continues well past a week. A flurry of colours breaks down at Bangkok as fun water fights become order of the day. Well, what better way to fight off the sweltering heat in what is unarguably Bangkok’s hottest month.


  • Loy Krathong


Usually falling in November, it’s celebrated on the full moon of the
Thai lunar calendar. It’s to pay respect to the Water Goddess and as the horizon erupts in a red-green-blue burst of fireworks, the water beneath shimmer as well. Breaking the waves are banana leaf boats, decked with incense sticks, coins and flowers, that are set afloat as tokens of reverence to the goddess.


  • Trooping Of The Colour


The Royal Plaza at Bangkok sees the troops of all the three armed forces - Royal Thai Army, Royal Thai Navy and Royal Thai Air Force - parading to celebrate the birth anniversary of His Majesty The King. Colourful uniforms, plumed hats and systematic trooping is the order of the day on December 2, three days prior to his birthday. A breathtaking spectacle sees the whole of Royal Plaza booked well in advance.


  • Vegetarian Festival


Come October (or the
ninth Chinese lunar month) and you yellow flags unfurling all over the Bangkok. If you are still wondering as to the reason, you must know that it’s time to clap your hands, polish your forks and scrubbing clean your plates, for the Vegetarian Festival is here. Apart from a big ceremony at Chinatown, which is usually a crowded affair, there’s so much of vegetarian stuff to gorge at, all equally delicious.


If you thought that’s all to Bangkok, think again. There’s a whole lot of fun and frolic at
Christmas, New Year, Easter and the Red Cross Fair. As they say, fireworks are a regular feature of the skyline at Bangkok. Go, celebrate!

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