THIS POST WILL BE UPDATED FOR 2022!
Asalha Bucha, which usually falls in July, marks the beginning of Buddhist Lent in Southeast Asia, a three-month celebration during which monks remain inside their temples as much as possible, while avoiding unnecessary travel.
Because of the pandemic, the situation in Thailand remains fluid. Therefore, it is difficult to ascertain whether events will go ahead in 2022. I’ve listed the events usually scheduled to take place in July with the note “2022 date pending”. In fact, many of these events will be either canceled or postponed.
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Buddhist Lent coincides with the rainy season in Southeast Asia, when farmers plant their crop. It is celebrated in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam – all of which have predominately Buddhist populations.
The exact dates marking the beginning and end of Buddhist Lent vary each year because its observance is calculated according to the Lunar Calendar rather than the Gregorian Calender, which is in use throughout the world. It will be celebrated in 2017 on Tuesday 11 July.
During Buddhist Lent, monks spend most of their time studying, meditating, and praying. Other Buddhist devotees lead a more ascetic than usual life, as well, giving up, for example, meat, liquor, and cigarettes during this period.
Buddhist believers also give alms, meditate, and visit temples, often bearing gifts of clothing, food, and other daily essentials
So why do monks remain in temple during the Buddhist Lent? The practice began many centuries ago in order to avoid stepping on newly planted plants during the planting season.
Modern monks have taken a more relaxed attitude toward the practice and can now be seen in the streets and alleys of Thai cities and twows during the Buddhist Lent. But long-distance travel is still avoided if possible.
Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival
Candle festivals are held across Northeastern Thailand at the beginning of Buddhist Lent. The biggest and most elaborate candle festival is held at a park in Ubon Ratchathani. It will take place on 8 and 9 July in 2017.
Festivities include feasts, games, candle carving competitions, a procession of giant candles through city streets, and smaller processions at several temples.
Other Thai Festivals
With a predominately Buddhist population, Thailand celebrates several other holidays and festivals each year.
Among the most important Buddhist holidays celebrated in Thailand are Makha Bucha day, which is celebrated in February; King Rama I Memorial and Chakri Day, which is celebrated in April, Songkran, a.k.a. the Water Festival (or Thai New Year) which is also celebraed in April; Visakha Bucha Day (Buddha Day) in May; and Loy Krathong, a.k.a. the Festival of Lights, which is celebrated in November.
Other Thai national holidays include New Year’s Day (1 January), Coronation Day (5 May), the Queen’s Birthday (in August), Rama V Day in October, nthe King’s Birthday (in December), Constitution Day (in Decebmer), and New Year’s Eve (in December).
Full Moon Party – 15 July 2022
The Full Moon Party is held on the beach of Haad Rin every month on the night of the full moon.
DJs play a variety of musical styles including trance, dubstep, reggae, and techno. Jugglers, fire-eaters, and fireworks add drama to the all-night event.
Haad Rin is crescent shaped beach located on the island of Ko Pha Ngan. It can be reached by boat from Koh Samui, an island off the coast of Southern Thailand.
Koh Samui is 293 miles (471 kilometres) south of Bangkok. Because the drive takes nearly 10 hours, air travel is recommended,. The flight takes just over one hour.
Samui Latin Fiesta – 22 to 24 July 2022
You can groove to the rhythms of salsa, kizomba, and bachata
Festivities will include beach parties, workshops, boot camps, shows, and jack & jill – whatever that means.
Note: This even is NOT open to the public. You must purchase a full, party, or day pass to enter.
- Location: Fair House Beach Resort & Hotel – 124-124/1-2 Moo 3 Tambon Bophut , Amphur Koh Samui, Surat Thani, Thailand.
19th Samui Regatta – 23 to 30 July 2022
One of Asia’s biggest sailing events, the Samui Regatta will be hosted by Banana Fan Sea Resort for the first time this year.
The property is centrally located on Chaweng Beach, Koh Samui’s premier tourist destination.
Attracting yachtsmen from more than 20 countries across across the Asia Pacific, the regatta is known not only for its high-calibre racing. Tropical parties are a key element of the event.
The regatta is in its 19th year. It is organized by Regattas Asia along with the Samui Yacht Club Regatta, the Yacht Racing Association of Thailand, the Municipality of Koh Samui, and the Sports Authority of Thailand.
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