Festivals and holidays Phuket
Going on vacation in this vibrant and exotic country like Thailand, of course I want to get on some local festival and join the walkers. Of course positive emotions and unforgettable impressions are guaranteed.
Here are some of the regular festivals and celebrations held in Phuket:
4. Phuket gay festival
5. Thao Thep Krasatri-Thao Sri Suntorn Festival – festival
Place: monument sisters-heroines
Held on 13 March yearly in memory of the two heroines who led the defense of the island against the Burmese invaders in 1785.
6. Holiday release turtles
When: April 13
Place: the sea turtle Center of the Kingdom of Thailand
Is held on Songkran, the Thai national water festival, on April 13. It is also a Day of national fisherman.
Songkran – Thai New year. The word “Songkran” is derived from the Sanskrit word meaning “transition” or “movement”. The measurement of the movement of the sun through the twelve astrological signs, beginning with Aries, then Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn. Aquarius, Pisces, and each character took about 30 days. This is the year when the sun passes through all the signs. The calendar used in India and Southeast Asia, which were influenced by India, Thailand, Myanmar, Cambodia, Laos, etc. on may 13th, a day of Songkran, the first day of the new year. Celebration, when the Sun moves from Pisces into Aries, and when the length of day and night are equal.
Songkran is an important holiday, which will last three days.
Songkran is also called the water festival. Thai youth in this day drench each other with water. In tourist areas the water festival is celebrated with a special scale.
8. The seafood festival
9. Fireworks festival in Phuket
A huge firework in Saphin Hin in Phuket. You can see it in the distance, but the closer the better.
10. Boat festival Chao Le (Chao Le) – a holiday of sea Gypsies
When: June and November
The sea Gypsy festival falls in the middle of the 6th and 11th lunar month every year. Nomadic village in Rawai and Saame ceremonies for the 13th lunar month, Ko si-re celebrating the 14th: Yes (on East from the bridge on the Northern tip of Phuket) – 15. The sea Gypsy festival with depressing at night water small boats, such as those that start on the holiday of LOI Krathong.
The ceremony of launching small boats takes place at night. Zletovo action – to drive away evil and bring good luck. In the boat before they let go put nail clippings, strands of hair and little dolls made of wood. After that the villagers will perform his famous dance around the boat, called RAM Rong Ngeng.
11. Vegetarian festival
Place: Park at Saphan Hin
The vegetarian festival is held from the first to the ninth day of the ninth Chinese lunar month, i.e. in September or October.
Was first celebrated in 1825, when a troupe of actors took these images against the plague. The participants ate vegetarian food and wore white clothes during the festival.
The parade of believers walking down the street, many cheeks pierced by sharp objects and stuff, other Hodjat fire, or demonstrate climbing razor sharp stairs. Participants number in the thousands. In General, the Vegetarian festival is one of the most bizarre festivals in Thailand.
12. Tourism fair of Phuket
When: 1st of November.
The first such fair was held in 1985 in Patong and was timed to the beginning of the tourist season. Its purpose was to encourage cooperation between tour operators, both private and public. Many colorful and interesting activities: competitions in aquatics, Miss Guest and others.
13. Festival opening of the tourist season
It is usually called “the Carnival in Patong” at the place of celebration. Colorful parades, sporting events and beauty contests – main activities for foreign tourists. There are food stalls and entertainment.
This festival is traditionally held in early November. However, in 2007 there were rains, so in 2008 he was moved to the middle of December, to avoid the possibility of rain.
14. Pedestrian street in Thalang
When: first weekend of November
In Phuket town, the townspeople celebrate the beginning of the high season on the first weekend of November, making Thalang road pedestrian street. This is one of the old roads, where the buildings are built in Sino-Portuguese architecture of old Phuket town. You can walk down the street, enjoying the typical images of these old buildings. There are lots of stalls, food vendors and entertainment.
Location: Chalong Pier, Amphoe Talang
The date of the LOI Krathong festival depends on the phase of the moon – poprawnie. Celebrated on a full moon night in November. Here we must remember that the full moon we have a full moon in Thailand is not the same.
After dark, Thais flock to any water – river, lake, or sea, to send their failures far on small rafts with candles. “LOI” means “float” and “Krathong” ‘this is the name of small rafts from banana leaves, bark of trees and decorations.
This is a very nice holiday, in celebration of which can participate any tourist. The holiday came from India, has adapted and has become synonymous with Thai culture. The festival is dedicated to the expression of reverence to the goddess of water, Phra Mae Khongkha. Each region has its own variation of celebration, and in particular in relation to the raft, lowered on the water. Rafts usually are designed in the shape of a Lotus from local materials.
Rafts decorated with incense and candles are sent into the water, go with the flow. Someone puts into these, decorated with flowers and lit candles rafts nail clippings and strands of hair, in the hope that the sins of the past year will be washed away, and some places put coins, and some ask for love. This is a beautiful festival, as you can see flickering lights float away into the distance.
Thousands of lighted balls vzmwyc in the air, driven by hot air, to live as the stars illuminate the sky.
After the rafts sent to float freely, as a rule, fireworks and other celebrations.
16. Regatta for the king’s Cup in Phuket
In the yacht club Phuket includes foreign sailors who compete Nai Han (Nai Han Beach) for Royal trophies.
King’s Cup regatta is a major event in Asia when it comes to sailing competition, there are going to the best racers yachts and boats from all over the world. The event is held in the first days in December. The first regatta was held in 1987 in honor of the 60th anniversary of the king of Thailand, His Majesty Bhumibol Adulyadej.
All classes of racing boats and yachts represented in this race. They are divided into different categories, making the event more competitive. Race in different classes can last for three, four or five days depending on engine and boat crew. The award is a very prestigious prize Cup, where the engraved name of the winner.
Now the regatta was a Grand celebration not only for the participants but also for the spectators and fans. The event lasts more than one week. For tourists, if you want to participate in the best party on the beach at this time, it is necessary to go to Kata beach. The events of the regatta in Phuket are covered in glossy magazines. Don’t forget to grab the November issue of the magazine.
17. The Laguna Phuket Triathlon
Triathlon (swim 1000 meters, 5-kilometer race on the bikes and 12-kilometer race attracts world-class athletes from around the world. This annual event attracts triathletes from all over the world and hundreds of wrestling fans for the prize Fund. Swimming, Cycling and the race runs through the beautiful natural surroundings, takes two-and-a-half to five hours.