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Top 5 Thai Festivals You Don't Want to Miss – Festivities in the Land of Smiles

Thailand turns into a universe of colours during its constant celebrations that take place frequently. Thai people never forget to charm the large number of vacationers that visit the country each year. Read on to find out more about the dynamic celebrations in the Land of Smiles.

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Songkran

Broadly known as Thailand's water festival, Songkran is a celebration that's loved from young and old alike. It largely involves splashing people with water – yes, even those you don't know that well! Doesn't it sound fun? But the backstory of this festival is rooted deeply in Buddhism and has begun as a simple celebration of sprinkling with water to symbolise purification. The word Songkran can be translated from Sanskrit into "passing" and it signifies the dawn of the Traditional New Year. You may get to witness this fascinating celebration when you are holidaying at a property such as Avani Khon Kaen Hotel & Convention Centre or any other hotel Khon Kaen has on offer around 13th to 15th of April.

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Lopburi Monkey Banquet

Yes, this is exactly what you thought it is – a luxurious banquet for monkeys in Thailand. You will be pretty fascinated to witness this uncommon yet intriguing festival of treating monkeys to a rich banquet of juicy tropical fruits, a variety of salads, and even rice. You may see tables of varying lengths loaded with these food varieties. The long-tailed macaques seem to never get fed up of these treats and its adoring to note their excitement at being presented with such an incredible meal. There is actually a reason behind this bizarre festival; locals believe that in treating these furry companions to their hearts' content, good luck will start following them in their daily lives.

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Loi Krathong Festival

If you visit Thailand during November, you'll be fortunate enough to witness one of the most dazzling events of the world. Loi Krathong is more known to people as the festival of lights and one may be entranced by the hundreds and thousands of illuminated baskets that float about in the sky like some strange overly-grown fireflies. This festival is celebrated in honour of Lord Buddha and also to honour a river goddess. This festival is accompanied by many other festivities as well; however, the floating of the illuminated lanterns is one of the must-see activities of this festival.

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Chiang Mai Flower Festival

Now, this is a festival that would be adored by those with a particular affinity for flowers – and it will also mesmerise anyone on the site with colourful floral displays as well. Chiang Mai Flower Festival is celebrated during the first week of February and many visitors from near and far await the highlight of the festival with much anticipation – a stunningly beautiful parade that can be seen in the Charoen Muang Road in Chiang Mai.

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Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is a highly anticipated festival of the year and many tourists flock to Yaowarat Road in Bangkok's Chinatown where the best of the festivities take place. One may look forward to wonderful performances including dragon dances, which offer wonderful photo opportunities as well. Chinese lanterns are a frequent sight during this festival.