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6 things to consider when celebrating Songkran

Woohooo. It’s Songkran season! Songkran is the Thai New Year and, since it is the most important festival of the year, it comes with 3 official public holidays (and more private holidays) in tow. Everybody loves Songkran and everybody knows it. Ask people what they think or know about Songkran, and not matter whether it is a foreigner or Thai, they will probably say: Water, Party, Holidays (hopefully followed by ‘Family Time’ or something nice like that). Songkran parties can be found literally everywhere. On the streets, temples, in front…

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Songkran Festival – Thai New Year festival – Water festival

It is again the time of the year when Thailand goes crazy! The Thai New Year Festival (Songkran) is almost there and it’s time to get the final preparations done. Since I already talked a lot about Songkran over the past two years let me just give some short links to existing articles here: Brief introduction of Songkran. What is Songkran and when does it take place? Background of Songkran (Water) Festival Experiencing Songkran in Sukhothai Songkran 2011 Recap Songkran 2012 Recap For the newbies a very brief (check out the links…

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Anime Festival Asia – Thailand

The annual Anime Festival Asia is coming to Thailand before making its way to our neighbors. It’s going to take place between August 19 and 21 at Siam Paragon (Royal Paragon Hall). Some of the Anime Festival Highlights that await you at Royal Paragon Hall can be seen below. Besides the highlights mentioned above there will also be some special guests present at the event. Moreover it’s not only special guests who will entertain you but also lots of famous cos players. If you end up going there don’t forget…

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Loi Krathong, The Floating Wishes

Thailand is the country where people have always value in religion and belief. You can obviously see that almost every action Thai people made is involved with faith in their hearts. In every holiday, Thai temples are filled with believers. However, there is a special holiday that Thai people don’t just only go to temples but also go to the rivers to float a baskets into streams with their families and their love ones. My blog this week will show you characteristics of an upcoming festival in Thailand which most…

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Wan Khao Phansa – Buddhist Lent Day

Wan Khao Pansa marks the beginning of the Buddhist ‘lent’ period. This is a time when monks are supposed to co back to their temples while new life springs forth. It is not an official public holiday but schools and Universities might still be closed. The Buddhist lent is an annual three months disciplinary practice for Buddhist monks. According to Buddha monks should stop traveling during the three months of the lent (rainy season) and avoid the dangers that come with traveling during that time. The lent period lasts from the…

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Asanha Bucha Day

Asanha Bucha (or Asalha Puja in other countries) is a Theravada Buddhist festival. It usually takes place at the end of July (full moon of the eighth lunar month). Another synonym for this day is ‘Dharma Day’. It is a very important buddhist festival since it celebrates the Buddha’s first sermon in which he announced the doctrine to his former associates that came to him during his enlightenment. The first sermon (“setting into motion the wheel of dharma”) is the teaching of the four noble truths that are suffering (dukkha),…

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“Thainess” FTW – TAT celebrates Thainess 14/01/2015

Apparently the Thai Tourism Authority has a new favorite word. “Thainess”. And now that we have this super mega awesome word we have to celebrate and promote it. And what says “Thainess” more than causing artificial traffic congestion? Exactly! Therefore the TAT is going to hold a celebration this coming Wednesday (14/01/2015). How do we celebrate you ask? Of course by shutting down some critical roads around Lumpini Park. When you want to know? Of course when everyone finishes work. Attendees will be able to see “The pride of the nation”…

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Loy Krathong Festival Thailand

Loy Krathong Festival in Thailand – Festival of lights Every year in the beginning of November, when the moon is slowly finds its way into its anticipated location (full moon of the 12th month in the Thai lunar calendar. 2014: Activities 5th – 7th November) it is time for the annual Loy Krathong festival in Thailand. I already covered the basics in my last post about Loy Krathong, which is one of the most important festivals in Thailand. A brief run down memory lane to remember: Loy Krathong is thought to be a…

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Living Music 

Sonic Bang 2014 Music Festival – not happening

BEC TERO, the organizer of the Sonic Bang Music Festival has just announced that Sonic Bang is not going to happen this year. Since Sonic Bang was set to happen in August most of us already expected that however it’s sad to hear that it’s now for certain. The exact reason remains unknown but it is, of course, quite likely that the current coup and uncertainty about the political future in Thailand lead international artists to be become hesitant regarding a musical performance in Thailand. BEC TERO said it will focus…

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Social Change Film Festival Bangkok

If you want to make the world a better place take a look at those films and make change. From March 6-7 and on March 9 Srinakharinwirot University (MRT Phetchaburi) will host the Social Change Film Festival which will be organized but the Thai Social Enterprise Office. The event will show some thought provoking movies and is definitely worth checking out. On March 6 and 7 the films will be shown @ Prof. Dr. Saroj Buasri Innovation Building at Srinakharinwirot University while it will move to Scala Theatre at Siam Square…

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