Festivals in Thailand

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Songkran in Pattaya 2006

Songkran in Pattaya 2006

Lars Adler Hansen

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Songkran

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Songkran in Pattaya
Songkran in Pattaya
photo by: Lars Adler Hansen

   Songkran

The Thai New Year ( Thai : สงกรานต์ Songkran ) is celebrated every year on 13 April to 15 April . It is also celebrated in Laos (called Songkan in Lao), Cambodia , Myanmar (Burma where it is called Thingyan ), and by ethnic Dai in Yunnan , China . Sri Lanka also celebrates a similar festival called Sinhalese and Tamil New Year on the same dates.

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Loy Krathong

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Loy Krathong
Loy Krathong
photo by: Rene Hasekamp

On the full moon day in the tenth lunar month (usually in November) the Loy Krathong Festival is celebrated. "Loy" means "to float" and a "krathong" is a small boat, made out of a piece of palm tree, decorated with (mainly) flowers, three joss sticks, and a candle.
On Loy Krathong Day people put their krathongs in a river, make a wish (for the Goddess of the Water) and that is it.
Riverside restaurants charge higher prices, but seeing the floating krathongs with their burning candles will give more..

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