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Celebration Time In Chiang Mai

Posted on November 12, 2009 | Fascinating CitiesNo Comment

The Chiang Mai valley is blessed with the celebration of various festivals going around almost the whole year. Old festivals are based on the lunar calendar who have their origin either in Buddhist traditions or in Brahmanic. Moreover the Thais beliefs are very much associated with the rice growing cycle. Few New cultural festivals have evolved from a blend of local traditions and commercial interests. Chiang Mai also has a range of other colorful events and festivals held throughout the year. Many also include handicraft exhibitions and sales of local product, in addition to the religious festivals and local customs.

In Thailand, Songkran or Thai New Year festival in April which lasts for nearly 15 days is celebrated with much enthusiasm and excitement. In Chiang Mai the main events take place over three days, the date does vary for other northern provinces. By custom the first day falls on April 13th and is the last day of the previous old year. Firecrackers are let off at dawn and people clean their houses. In the afternoon a parade of Buddha images from Chiang Mai temples goes from the railway station to Wat Phra Singh. Northern people toss scented water with perfume and flowers to bathe the images as they pass along the streets.

Chiang Mai flowers are at their best before the end of the cool season .It is when this festival is held. Usually it falls on the first weekend of month of February. The major attraction of this festival is the parade which is held in the morning of Saturday. Floats decorated with flowers illustrate the theme chosen. The beauty queens surrounded by flowers make a beautiful sight. The flower beds of the public gardens are bathed in color and special displays are maintained till the end of Sunday when the most beautiful float will get a prize at a competition.

chiang mai flower festival
Loi Kratong, which is commonly known as Yi Peng in the north, is the most colorful festival of the year. It takes place over three days in the month of November. The festival may have evolved from Brahmanic rites to honor their dead as loi krathong festivalwell as local rites to bring an end to the rains.

Almost everyone in the small village of Bo Sang, near Chiang Mai city is very much involved in making beautifully painted paper umbrellas. The annual fair, held along the main street features contests, exhibitions, processions with cycling ladies holding umbrellas and handicraft stalls. The tourists get attracted to this festival due to the different shape and size of the colorful umbrella.

Visakha Bucha Day is a Buddhist holiday, which is celebrated in the memory of commemoration of the birth, the enlightenment and the death of the Buddha. Chiang Mai Buddhists walk up to Doi visakha bucha daySuthep Temple at night to make their prayers on this auspicious day.

Langsart Fair is the annual fruit fair which is held in the Uttaradit province on the second or third weekend of the month of September. The usual parades and beauty contests are featured in this provincial fair.

Taking place in the month of December Chiang Mai Red Cross and Winter Fair is the premier event for the agricultural population of the province. Farmers and locals from miles across come to swap stories and goods. At Chiangmai Provincial Hall they also feature a variety of products for sale, especially handicrafts, plus a show, beauty contest and games.

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