Three pearls of the Thai holidays' ocean
Holiday atmosphere - it is a great creative force of the Thais, by means of which unique masterpieces of colorful fun in the Land of Smiles are created.
Water, Buddha and the lunar calendar - that is all the Thais focus their attention on when creating paintings of holidays in the Kingdom. Every year, the brightest colors of today fall on the basis of the canvas of centuries-old traditions. And the most lunar and solar pictures of celebrations are painted in all parts of Thailand with the brush of shared genuine happiness.
The Thai New Year
The transparent color of cool water dominates in the works when creating the most cheerful holiday called Songkran. In the days of the main events that fall to the middle of April, water becomes the most important attribute of all rituals of the Thai New Year.
On the New Year's Eve houses, villas and palaces are thoroughly cleaned and scrubbed. And in the days of the holiday both sacred objects and local people are "refreshed" with water. This can be observed during a beautiful ritual bathing of Buddha statues in temples of the Kingdom and during the shared fun on the streets of cities, villages and resorts in Thailand. When the New Year comes, you can plunge into the bowl of universal happiness while travelling around Thailand as the Songkran Festival is marching up the country and it arrives in different places at different dates. From the 10th to the 19th of April every year this holiday spreads in bright culinary, dance and ritual colors in the capitals of Chiang Mai, Sukhothai, Ayutthaya, Bangkok and resorts of Phuket, Samui, Pattaya and Hua Hin.
Buddhist holidays in Thailand
Three times a year - in February, May and July, ceremonies are held in all the Buddhist temples of Thailand. They are devoted to the three jewels of the state religion of the Kingdom - Buddha, his teachings and the monastic community. At the full moon nights, orange togas worn by Thai monks reflect extra light stretching into the teachings of Buddha. Lotus fragrance, the smell of candles and incense sticks are harmoniously combined with the charged air filled with the melodious story of the master and his noble postulates.
These are the days of noisy fairs and soundless meditations, tasty treats and the most rigorous rhythms of monastic fasting, solitude in caves of Thailand jungles and admiration of the brightest examples of temple art of the Buddhist Kingdom. These days travelers from around the world go for the unforgettable beauty of the holidays in the oldest temples in Thailand. Whether it is the highest stupa in the world built in the 15th century and located not far from Bangkok, or the finest example of modern architectural art in the capital, within the walls of the Grand Palace and the Temple of the Reclining Buddha. Or the Temple of the Great Relic in the largest port city in the south of the country, or majestic monasteries of northern Thailand, shrouded in mist and mountain scenery.
The holiday of lights on the water
At the end of the rainy season, when streams from the mountains in Thailand are going into the rivers, and fertile waters cover the rice bowl of the plains of the Kingdom, and the full moon appears on the horizon, the November evening is the right time to make a bow to Mother Water. To the rustle of the waves of her daughters, along the lunar path, handmade boats depart for wish fulfillment. In each of them there is the expression of someone's personal world of the shared picture of ancient traditions. These boats are called "krathongs", the Thais make them from scraps of their dreams, leaves of banana trees, flowers and treats, representing the jewelry art of fruit and vegetables carving. Fantastic procession of offerings to water is complemented by droplets of lighted candles and lanterns flying in the sky. A landscape of the Loy Krathong holiday is filled with romantic mood and moments of true feelings.