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Are you fortunate enough to be visiting Thailand during Songkran? Be sure to make the most of it as this is one of the most colourful and festive times of the year. To mark the occasion, there are an array of events to enjoy, from traditional merit making ceremonies and beauty pageants, to parades brimming with life and entertainment.
The highlight of this festival though has to be the fun-filled water fights - where thousands of residents and tourists take to the streets to drench each other in water, whether for cleansing and good luck, or just to enjoy a good time! And whilst this may seem a little off from your run-of-the-mill holiday, the Thai Lunar New Year celebrations is an experience you will not soon forget. To ensure you are well prepared, we bring you our top 8 Songkran survival tips:
So there you have it, everything you could possibly need for the Songkran festivities. Get prepared and most importantly, have fun and enjoy yourself!Sawasdee Pee Mai!
One of the most popular events on the Thai calendar, Loy Krathong gives people the opportunity to pay their respects to the goddess of water by floating beautiful decorated lotus shaped rafts.
Normally falling on the night of the twelfth lunar month, this year’s celebration is held on the eve of November 28.
Why Celebrate Loy Krathong?Thais celebrate for many reasons. Some believe it’s to thank the Water Goddess for abundant supply of water during the main rice harvesting season. Others see this as a symbolic way to ‘float away’ all the anger and grudges they’ve held onto throughout the year.
What is a Krathong?While there isn’t an English equivalent, Krathongs are often referred to as a small float, boat or vessel. They are normally hand-made from banana leaves and crafted into a lotus shape finished with candles, incense and flowers for decoration.Where is it Celebrated?Traditionally, Thais float their krathongs into rivers or small canals. Today, a pond, lake or swimming pool is also used. Many places also hold a variety of activities such as ‘Ram Wong’ dance performances, krathong-making competitions and beauty contests to add to the festive atmosphere. Want to celebrate the festivities with us? Visit our website and check out our Loy Krathong Packages.
Arts for The Planet was first launched in 2010 to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Earth Day. This year, we are delighted to be holding The Third Annual Arts for The Planet Competition.
The event aims to inspire critical thinking about environmental responsibility by engaging Thai youths through art.
Students from primary school, junior high school, high school and equivalent learning institutions in Bangkok, Central and Southern Thailand have been invited to take part in this year’s contest with winners enjoying scholarships and a variety of valuable prizes.
Peter Henley, President and Chief Executive Officer of ONYX Hospitality Group said of the competition:
“ONYX is extremely proud to take this project into its third year as part of our CSR initiatives, to demonstrate our dedication to the environment and the education of Thai children. The event also aims to help with development of Thai youth by providing them a platform for their creativity and artistic skills. We are very excited to see how they respond to this year’s theme; ‘Colouring the Future.’”
180 paintings will be available for sale at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre from 14 - 23 September 2012. All proceeds will go to the ONYX Hospitality Group Foundation in support of “Baht for a Better Life”, an education program for underprivileged children in Thailand.
Our partner this year is Sakura Products (Thailand) Co., LTD. this year ensures the continuous process of the project.
*Paintings in this post were created by the winners and runner-ups of The Second Annual Arts for The Plantet Competition 2011
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