Thailand’s Songkran celebrations have become famous throughout the world, especially since the nation breaks into a massive water fight with people of all ages taking part in the festivities.
This is the name for the traditional New Year that is celebrated in many countries across South Asia, which includes Vietnam, Sri Lanka, Myanmar, and Cambodia.
Songkran is associated with purity and the washing away of past misdeeds, which is where the water aspect comes in. Many would visit temples, pour water on Buddhist statues, as well as loved ones are common practices.
The Water Fights
The ‘water festival’ is mostly celebrated by young people, and entire streets tend to get closed off to cater to this massive celebration that has become world-renowned, to the point that even luxury hotels in Phuket the likes of Anantara Layan Phuket Resort would experience a rise in bookings when the festival comes around.
Points to Note
Although the festival has become popular with tourists just as much as it is with the locals, it is still a religious celebration so one must always be sure to keep that in mind. There are also some dangers associated with this festival so indulge in the fun of Songkran while practicing vigilance.
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Loy Krathong is referred to as the Festival of Lights, where almost every water body is illuminated by lights and candles and floating krathongs.
About Loy Krathong
Loy Krathong is an annual festival held on the 12th lunar month. The festivities take place during the evening where the entire city is lit up with lights, hence Loy Krathong is also referred to as the Festival of Lights. This is also a festival of luck as people gather around the water bodies of Phuket to launch the Krathong; a lantern decorated with joss sticks and candles.
It is believed that Loy Krathong originated approximately 800 years ago in Sukhothai. In the local dialect, Loy means “to float” while Krathong refers to a bowl or leaf cup.
How to take part
During this time, Phuket town is a flurry of activity and celebration. Stay at Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Resort or a similar accommodation in the area, to be at the heart of the festivities. You can buy a krathong from one of the many stalls in the area and join the locals as they set their krathongs in the nearest lake, beach or river.
The belief lies that by setting the krathong on the water body, you are wishing for luck and good fortune. If the krathong drifts away from you, the year ahead will bring you luck and good fortune. However, if the krathong floats back to you, you might not be that fortunate.
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Celebrating the Cruel-Free Lifestyle
If you agree with the great Einstein that “nothing will benefit health and increase the chances for survival of life on earth as the evolution to a vegetarian diet”, then the Phuket Vegetarian Festival is perfect for you!
What’s it About?
Just as the name suggests, the Phuket Vegetarian Festival is all about celebrating vegetarianism. It originates from the belief of the Chinese community that abstaining from meat and other stimulants in the time of the 9th lunar month in the Chinese calendar, gives good health and peace of mind.
When is it?
The event takes place from the 20th to the 28th of October at some of Phuket’s major shrines like Put Jaw, Bang Niew, Jui Tui, Kathu, and Cherng Talay Shrine. There are many Phuket luxury hotels the likes of Anantara Layan Phuket Resort who’ll be able to arrange excursions to these locations for you.
Not For the Faint Hearted
If you faint at the sight of cuts and bruises, then you might wanna stay at the hotel. Why? Because in the processions held at the Phuket Vegetarian Festival, many participants perform daring and gruesome acts such as body piercing and fire walking. You’ll see some men and women puncturing their cheeks with skewers and knives in the belief that doing so they will be protected by Chinese gods.
Feast on Delicious, Cruelty-Free Food
A vegetarian festival needs to have vegetarian food right? The Phuket Vegetarian Festival has so much delicious and cruelty-free food for you try out made from soybean and protein substitutes. When you visit the shrines, keep an eye out for yellow flags with red Thai or Chinese characters to find the food stalls.
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The Vegetarian Festival of Phuket is an annual event that commences on the 20th of October 2017 and lasts a total of eight days.
What is it for?
The vegetarian festival celebrates the Chinese belief that refraining from the consumption of meat and other stimulants will help the believers in obtaining peace of mind and good health.
It is believed that a Chinese opera group contracted malaria while touring the island. Over the next few days, they adopted a vegetarian diet and prayed to the Nine Emperor Gods. After their prayers were answered, the locals celebrated with a festival to honour the Gods.
Some of the ceremonies which are held to please the gods include body piercing; with large rods, knives, skewers etc., firewalking and other self-mortification acts.
Where do these take place?
Each of these ceremonies takes places inside the six temples around Phuket; the main one being Jui Tui Shrine, located in the main town. As this is a popular time to visit Phuket, hotel deals are quite easy to find, especially at properties such as Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas. If you’re planning to head here during this time, pre book your stay!
Those participating in the event are to abstain from consuming meat, alcohol and intercourse. Participants are required to ensure their body is clean and white attire is compulsory. People who are mourning, pregnant or menstruating are not allowed to attend or participate in the festival.
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The Hungry Ghost Festival, locally known as Por Tor is an event of merit-making for the Chinese community, where flowers, special food and candles are offered to their ancestors.
Where to go to?
If you’re staying at a Phuket luxury hotel, check how far Por Tor Kong Shrine is and the fresh market on Ranong Road is to witness the biggest celebrations for the festival. Properties such as Anantara Layan Phuket Resort are located in close proximity.
Por Tok Kong Shrine is the main shrine that hosts the annual 7 day and 7 night’s event. The Fresh Market is decorated during the festival and hosts a range of activities begin at noon and last until midnight which include lion dances, live concerts, magic shows and cabaret shows to name a few.
The Red Turtle
Red turtle cakes, made of sugar and flour are offered to the ancestors. Turtles are a symbol of longevity and strength in Chinese culture whereas red is a colour for good luck.
When is it?
The festival usually occurs around late August to the first week of September.
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Do you love waterfights? Do you consider yourself to be the best at it? Head over to Phuket, Thailand from April 13th to April 15th and take part in the island wide water fight, also known as Songkran Festival. This festival marks the start of the Thai New Year. Phuket is believed to be one of the most popular places to celebrate the Songkran festival in Thailand and if you’re looking for a luxury Phuket hotel to stay at during this time, such as Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas, be sure to book well in advance! Phuket is the largest island in Thailand and is usually referred to as the Pearl of the Andaman.
If you plan on visiting the island during the time of the festival, make sure you’re not driving or riding a bike, as when water is thrown at you, your impulse would be to close your eyes, which could probably lead to a few crashes! So walk during the festival to wherever it is you need to go! Make sure you invest in a waterproof camera aswell, because there’s a high chance of ruining your non waterproof camera or phone – be prepared to be completely drenched in water. At times, the water is dyed with some coloured powder, so avoid wearing expensive clothes during the festival period. There are plenty of water guns for sale during this time, and don’t be surprised if you see a cop pointing one at you aswell! But don’t worry; you can drench them in water too, as they’ll most likely be doing the same to you!
During the Songkran festival, locals give thanks to Lord Buddha while visiting monasteries and temples and giving alms to monks. To cater to the large number of tourists attending the festival, there are also plenty of stalls selling clothes and local crafts.
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Thailand is a country that is doused with colourful traditions and a rich heritage, and perhaps the most unique of all her traditions, is the Sea Gypsy Boat Floating Festival, a bi-annual event that occurs during the middle of the 6th and 11th lunar months. If you wish to witness this remarkable celebration then you are going to have to travel to Phuket Thailand, which is the only the only place the festivities occur.
Phuket is Thailand’s largest island and therefore it comes as no surprise that it has a variety of accommodation options for you to choose from, ranging from budget bed and breakfasts, to the highly sought after Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas. The island of Phuket has an economy that has come to revolve around tourism, which is no surprise since many of Thailand’s most historical attractions are located here, making it an ideal setting for the Sea Gypsy Boat Floating Festival.
The festival is traditionally referred to as ‘Loi Ruea Cho Le Festival’, and the boats in question aren’t exactly life-size versions. The festival involves people from the surrounding villages of Rawai, Sapam, Ko Si-Re and Laem La gathering together to release small decorated boats into the sea. While this takes place, the place is also lit up with singing and dancing of the traditional style known as the ‘Rong Ngeng’. The music for this dance consists of percussion and violins couples with the use of a unique Gong that made its way to Thailand from China. This entire practice takes place since the islanders consider its practice enables them to ward off evil spirits and attract times of prosperity.
The colourful boats couples with the beautiful Phuket scenery, the lively dance routines and all the other accompaniments to the festival make it a truly unique experience that should not be missed.
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No city is complete without a shopping mall, and Phuket is no exception. An island off the mainland of Thailand, Phuket has been a very busy and island in terms of all the tourist activity going on. However just outside the city center one is met with one the island’s largest shopping malls, Central Festival.
People visit Phuket for varying reasons, mainly the beaches and the Phuket Resort that have always managed to live up to their world class standards.One that has been highly recommended by those who have visited the island before is, Anantara Phuket Villas, designed by one of the world renowned architects these villa come with private pools and offer spacious luxury.
A trip to Central Festival is definitely a must do while in Phuket. The mall is home to around 120 outlets that sell a varying range of products. Some of the products you can find while here are, up market clothing, fashion accessories, silk goods, bedding, household goods, toys and other accessories for children, food and drinks as well as watch and jewelry counters.
The Central Phuket Department store, where one can find most designer brands. The basement floor of the mall features homeware, electrical equipment and other home decor. Ground floor has some of the famous clothing lines such as CK, Armani,H&M, cosmetic stores, watches and women’s footwear. Moving onto the second floor one is met with a wide range of women’s fashion specially focussing on teens. The third floor features mens fashion, luggages a large book store and all the banks and restuarants can be found on this floor. The fourth floor is dedicated to the kids with lots of toys and other interesting items as well as few hair and skin care stores.
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Phuket, Thailand is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, where sun shines upon the golden beaches every day. Blue ocean waters and the scintillating charm of the never ending festive atmosphere are cherished beyond measure by everyone who steps on these shores. Seafood and laughter, good times galore will certainly mark the great holiday spent here in this land of absolute charm.
Phuket has much more to offer to its visitors than the splendour of the beaches and the consequent oceanic entertainment, which quite definitely will be common to all beach cities around the world. The land is rich with culture and religion. The pulse of the people, who call this place their home, is felt in the rich celebrations and festivities that accompany religiously significant days in their calendars.
Buddhism being a religion that is widely practiced across the country, the day of Wesak that marks the birth of the Buddha as well as commemorates the beginning of his teaching is one of the most prominent festivals here in Phuket. The celebrations of Wesak that occur on the days of full moon on the month of May are indeed wonderful to behold, in all its colour and reverence, revealing the true nature, mild and wholesome, of this land marked by high entertainment.
Celebrations take place in all their splendour in the temples scattered throughout the vicinity, while candle light processions illuminate the dark cold streets on this special day. Tourists too may partake in these festivities if they wish, and celebrate with the locals a day of great significance to them, and have another colourful and bright facet added to their memory of the perfect holiday experience.
A Phuket resort that offers luxury and opulence beyond expectations such as Anantara Phuket Resort Thailand, can be considered if you wish to bask in the wonder of this colourful country, so rich in culture and tradition, while being pampered by its fineries. A Phuket beach resort such as this will make your perfect holiday spent in this sunny corner of the world, a wonderful memory, to be cherished for a lifetime.