Thailand Holidays 2013
Thailand is one of the most popular countries for tourists seeking exotic locations filled with festive customs and unique celebrations to visit. The nation’s rich heritage, from prehistoric animism and today’s prevalent Buddhism, make it a culture unfamiliar to many tourists, providing it with greater appeal. Planning a trip around various Thailand holidays 2013 can help travelers experience this striking nation at some of the best times of the year available to do so.
Thai New Year
The most popular of all Thailand holidays 2013, Songkran Festival in April, or Thai New Year, is the lively holiday of water throwing. Citizens gently sprinkle scented water on elderly people and Buddhist images in order to celebrate and proclaim deep respect. Everyone else, from tourists to children, drenches one another with squirt guns, buckets of water and any other wild bursts of water possible. Many lovers of Thailand, as well as people who wish to experience the world famous Sonkgran Festival, seek this destination in April in order to be a part of it all.
Touring the islands of Thailand and exploring the various Buddhist temples can be made into an even richer experience for travelers if done during Thailand holidays 2013. Though Thailand is largely a Buddhist nation, holidays from other cultures and religions are also celebrated in the country. Most celebrants welcome tourists and encourage their participation in these lively festivals. People traveling to Thailand may wish to take note of the following National Thailand holidays 2013, which range from celebrations similar to those in the Western culture to unique, Thailand-only festivities.
|January 1||Tuesday||New Year’s Day|
|January 12||Saturday||National Children’s Day|
|January 16||Wednesday||Teacher’s Day|
|February 10||Sunday||Chinese New Year|
|February 14||Thursday||Valentine’s Day|
|March 11||Monday||Makha Bucha Day|
|April 8||Monday||Chakri Day|
|April 13-17||Saturday-Wednesday||Songkran Festival|
|May 1||Thursday||Labor Day|
|May 6||Monday||Coronation Day|
|May 24||Friday||Visakha Bucha Day|
|July 1||Monday||Mid-Year Bank Holiday|
|July 30||Tuesday||Asahna Bucha Day|
|August 12||Monday||Mother’s Day|
|August 12||Monday||H.M. Queen’s Birthday|
|October 23||Wednesday||Chulalongkorn Day|
|December 5||Thursday||H.M. King’s Birthday|
|December 10||Thursday||Constitution Day|
|December 24||Tuesday||Christmas Eve|
|December 25||Wednesday||Christmas Day|
Citizens of Thailand may not receive a day or two off for school or work during the following observances listed. However, these Thailand holidays 2013 continue to build on the country’s colorful culture and attract tourists to the nation’s festivities annually. Some of these holidays are similar to those in other nations, though they are not typically practiced as widespread or significantly as they are elsewhere in the world.
- January 12 National Children’s Day
- January 16 Teacher’s Day
- February 10 Chinese New Year
- February 14 Valentine’s Day
- July 1 Mid-Year Bank Holiday
- December 24 Christmas Eve
- December 25 Christmas Day
The sights and sounds of Bangkok during Christmas could become a new tradition for anyone longing for a modern adventure in the middle of an ancient realm, and travelers may adopt their own water rituals for the hottest day of the year. Whether visiting floating markets or exploring Thailand wilderness, travelers can expect to take home a wealth of vibrant memories from this diverse land.