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Party Season in Thailand

There is a definite period in the year that most people would recognize as the party season. The casual observer may say that this is March and April and it is true that there are a lot of events that a Protestant Christian would see as parties, although a Catholic may not and that is because they are actually religious in nature.

Party Season in Thailand

Party Season in Thailand

The March-April 'party season' is focused on Songkhran, the old Thai New Year, which has the fixed date of the 14th. April, unlike all other religious events which are linked to the full moon and so are variable like our Easter. For the old New Year is a religious event and national holiday.

Most Thais would tell you that it is their favourite holiday of the year and involves three to ten days partying depending on where you are. During the run up to Songkhran, many parents  have their unmarried seventeen-twenty-one year old sons become monks in the village Temple for between a week an a month.

This is also the most popular time to get married, but not because of the weather, because of its strong religious overtones. Weather-wise, this is the hottest time of the year and the driest, and Songkhran is a celebration that the monsoon has come or a plea that it will do soon. It traditionally arrives in the first week of May.

Songkhran is also very popular with tourists, although the police have frequently complained that the foreigners don't treat the holiday with the respect it is due.

The 'Big Monsoon' in May is followed by a dry spell and then the 'Mini Monsoon' of July-August and another, but much cooler period in October-December. The peak holiday period for tourists begins on October 26th and lasts about ten weeks, but that doesn't affect the vast majority of Thais and nor does Christmas, because they are Buddhist and don't celebrate it.

However, they love this time of the year because it is cool and dry. There is no real need for fans and insect numbers are at a minimum so they can sit in their gardens until late in the night eating and drinking with friends.

Loy Krathong , the Thai Valentine's Day falls in November.

Many corporate functions are held at this time of the year too for the same reason. This true party season culminates with New Year's Eve, which Thailand has adopted as its own.

Then there are two months 'off', with the exception of St. Valentine's Day, and the prelude to Songkhran starts again.

These are only the two big secular and religious party periods there are also at least a dozen more Buddhist religions holidays.

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by Owen Jones

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