Thai Girlfriend Advisor

Relationship advice for Western Men and Thai Women

Category: Thailand Festivals

Songkran Thailand New Year 2011

Thailand is once again getting ready for it’s annual celebration of Songkran Thai New Year 2554

Songkarn Festival Thailand

For many centuries Songkran has traditionally been celebrated as the Thailand New Year, apparently it is believed to have been adapted from an Indian festival. The celebrations will be all over Thailand but the most famous Songkarn celebrations are still in the northern city of Chiang Mai, where it continues for six days and even longer.

The Songkran festival has also become like a party for foreigners and an additional reason for many to visit Thailand at this time of year because they enjoy the fun and games with water in the streets. Sales of water guns sky rocket at this time too as people like to shoot water at each other.

All during the day you can see groups of people young and old having fun at the side of the road shooting water at passers by and the cars driving past. You just have to accept you might get wet so best keep your windows up!! But it is all good fun and it is great to see so many people relaxed and laughing at each other.

Last year I took Dean to Khaw San road in Bangkok to experience the famous water games. If you are in Bangkok at this time and you are game for it then you should go and have a look for yourself but make sure you don’t wear nice clothes because I guarantee you will get messy. Lucky though the weather is usually hot around this time and so it is actually really nice way to cool down…lol.

Here is a fun video we shot in Khaw San road last year for Songkran

 

 

As you can see from our video the roads around Khaw San road are closed off during this time and there are many parties going on in the streets. People dance on tables and even cars and trucks and there are many DJ’s blasting out music all night long. All good Fun!!!

 

Hope you can join us this year for Songkran 2011

 

Find out more information about Thai Songkran Festival 2011 in Thailand

http://www.tourismthailand.org/see-do/events-festivals/search-result/

Tourism Authority of Thailand  Call Center 1672

 


signature

Condividi nel tuo profilo Surfpeople

Social Share Button

Chinese New Year 2011 in Thailand

===

Thailand is one of many great places in Asia to be for Chinese New Year and as Thai Girlfriend Advisor I would like to share just a little atmosphere of Chinese tradition in Thailand


*****************

“ซินเจียยู่อี่ ซินนี้ฮวดใช้  万事如意 新年发财”

มีโชคลาภ ร่ำรวย เงินทอง   สุขภาพแข็งแรงสมบูรณ์สวยงาม
จิตใจสดชื่นแจ่มใส   การงานเจริญก้าวหน้ามั่นคง
มีคนรักและอุปถัมป์ค้ำชูมากมาย ทุกสิ่งเป็นไปดั่งใจสมปารถนา

祝:春 节 快 乐,

万 事 如 意 ,恭 喜 发 财!

身 体 健 康,合 家 欢 乐!



As a Thai women with Chinese background my family and I still follow Chinese tradition. I just love Chinese New Year because it always remind me when i was a little girl and all children would  be excited and looking for   “Ung Pow” or “Hóng Bāo”  from our parents and relatives.  ”Ung Pow ” means in English a Chinese red envelope with money placed inside, it can be around 80, 800 or 8,000 Bath  for good luck,because money used with number  8  has the meaning of  prosperity and wealth to children in the family who are not yet earning money regardless of their age.



This year I am so happy to be in Thailand with my family and give “Ung Pow” for good luck to my children,niece ,nephew and my parents and I can’t wait for the festivals to begin. One thing I think important to Intercultural couples is to share their culture together so they can get a better understanding of each other. Thailand and Bangkok in particular has a high population of Chinese with Phuket being the second and many Thai have at least some Chinese Heritage.

Some  history about Chinese New Year in Thailand is that it dates back many Centuries to when the Chinese settled in this part of the country bringing with them merchandise of precious goods such as fine porcelain, silk and Chinese tea.Today’s Chinese communities have continued their age-old traditions, customs, and rich culture that were followed by their ancestors and here in Thailand we are very lucky to be able to witness and share in the beauty of these customs.

In Thailand, Chinese New Year celebrations are held over four days. During this time, there are many activities that remind us of the rich cultural, historical and artistic culture of the Chinese such as the Golden Dragon Processions and Lion dances.

So that is a small slice of Chinese New Year in Thailand perhaps if you are in Thailand you will enjoy them yourself and if you are thinking of visiting this is always a lovely time to visit Thailand.



เทศกาลตรุษจีน- Chinese Festival Program in Thailand
ททท. จัดงานเทศกาลตรุษจีนยิ่งใหญ่ใน 10 พื้นที่หลักทั่วประเทศ พร้อมเตรียมการแสดงทางวัฒนธรรม จากสาธารณรัฐประชาชนจีน ร่วมในเทศกาลตรุษจีนไชน่าทาวน์ ปี 2554 เฉลิมฉลองวโรกาสมหามงคลพระบาทสมเด็จพระเจ้าอยู่หัวฯ ทรงเจริญพระชนมายุ 84 พรรษา

งานเทศกาลตรุษจีนไชน่าทาวน์ในปีนี้ ททท. จัดขึ้นรวม 10 พื้นที่หลักทั่วประเทศ ประกอบด้วย


1. เทศกาลตรุษจีนไชน่าทาวน์เยาวราช (3 กุมภาพันธ์ 2554)

Yaowarat Chinatown Bkk  3 Feb  2011


2.“ตรุษจีนสุพรรณบุรี มหัศจรรย์ 3 ปี มังกรสวรรค์”  (3 – 7 กุมภาพันธ์ 2554)

Suphanburi City 3-7  Feb 2011


3.ตรุษจีนกรุงเก่าอยุธยามหามงคล (4 – 8 กุมภาพันธ์ 2554)

Ayutthaya City 4-8 Feb 2011

4.เทศกาลตรุษจีนเมืองพัทยา (3 – 5 กุมภาพันธ์ 2554)

Pattaya 3-5 Feb 2011

5.ราชบุรีไชน่าทาวน์ 2011 (2 – 6 กุมภาพันธ์ 2554)

Ratchaburi City 2-6 Feb 2011


6. งานไชน่าทาวน์เมืองเชียงใหม่ ครั้งที่ 9 (4 – 6 กุมภาพันธ์ 2554)

Chiang Mai Chainatown  4-6 Feb 2011


7.ตรุษจีนนครสวรรค์ เฉลิมหล้ามหาราชัน 84 พรรษา (27 มกราคม – 4 กุมภาพันธ์ 2554)

Nakhon Sawan City  27 Jan -4 Feb 2011


8.ตรุษจีนโคราช 54 “มหัศจรรย์…เซี่ยงไฮ้” (3 – 5 กุมภาพันธ์ 2554)

Korat City 3-5 Feb 2011


9.เทศกาลตรุษจีนหาดใหญ่ (3 – 5 กุมภาพันธ์ 2554)

Hat Yai City 3-5 Feb 2011


10.เทศกาลตรุษจีน – ย้อนอดีตเมืองภูเก็ต ครั้งที่ 12 (8 – 10 กุมภาพันธ์ 2554)

Phuket City 8-10 Feb 2011




signature

Condividi nel tuo profilo Surfpeople

Social Share Button

Loy Krathong Festival

One of the most beautiful festivals that takes place in Thailand is the one for Loy Krathong.


The Loy Krathong Festival is celebrated on the full moon of the 12th month according to the Thai Lunar Calendar. For Western this means in November.It is held at the end of the year because Thai people believe that floating a raft on the river is to honor and pay respect to the Goddess of Water and to apologize to the Goddess for the bad things we have done to the river during the past year.

What is Loy Krathong ? The word loy means to float, and a krathong is a banana leaf cup. People place a candle and incense sticks in their krathongs and then float them on a local river or pond. As they push away their krathong, they ask for forgiveness in polluting the waterways and also for good luck in the coming months.

‘Many Thai believe that floating a raft will bring good luck’

Where did the idea for Loy Krathong come from?

The origins of Loy Krathong are stated to be in Sukhothai, but recently scholars have argued that it is in fact an invention from the Bangkok period. According to the writings of H.M. King Rama IV in 1863, the originally Brahmanical festival was adapted by Buddhists in Thailand as a ceremony to honour the original Buddha, Siddhartha Guatama

There are often also beauty contests that accompany the Loy Krathong festival known as “Noppamas Queen Contests”. According to legend, Noppamas was a consort of the Sukothai king Loethai (14th century) and she was the first to float a decorated raft.

Enjoy some music videos about Loy Krathong

For more Thai Festivals go to Amazing Thailand Festivals in the Land of Smiles


signature

Condividi nel tuo profilo Surfpeople

Social Share Button

7 Wonders Amazing Thailand

Thailand has been fortunate to earn the phrase

“Amazing Thailand”

and when you watch this video you will understand why

Tourist called us ” The Land of Smiles”

and why you should visit Thailand

Here is 7 wonders of Amazing Thailand


signature

Condividi nel tuo profilo Surfpeople

Social Share Button

Amazing once in a life time in Thailand

Welcome to amazing Thailand” is something just about everyone says once they have experienced the beauty of my country.

Please enjoy this video that shows off the wonders of Thailand ‘The land of smiles‘ and Thai culture.


signature

Condividi nel tuo profilo Surfpeople

Social Share Button

Powered by WordPress & Theme by Anders Norén