Festivals are an essential part of Thai life and offer the visitor a valuable opportunity not only for having fun, but also for gaining an insight into various aspects of Thai culture.
Loy Krathong on the Full-Moon Day of November is one of the most popular festivals in Thailand. Every year staff and students are involved in the celebration of this festival on the campus. “Loy Krathong” is the act of setting offerings afloat to pay homage to “Mae Kong Ka”, goddess of the rivers. The “Krathong” represents a floating lotus and is more favorably made of decorated section of the banana trees.
In addition, the widely known festival is Songkran. It is the traditional Thai New Year, which takes place in mid April. Many foreign tourists come to Hat Yai city for the festival. Activities include water splashing, pageant parade, and numerous cultural performances. This is an occasion for merrymaking throughout the country.
|Sunday||January 01||New Years Day|
|Monday||January 02||New Years Day (observed)|
|Saturday||January 28||Chinese New Year|
|Saturday||February 11***||Makha Bucha Day|
|Monday||February 13***||Makha Bucha Day (observed)|
|Thursday||April 06||Chakri Day|
|Thursday||April 13||Songkran Festival|
|Friday||April 14||Songkran Festival|
|Saturday||April 15||Songkran Festival|
|Sunday||April 16||Songkran Festival|
|Monday||May 01||Labour Day|
|Friday||May 05||Coronation Day|
|Wednesday||May 10***||Visakha Bucha Day|
|Saturday||July 08***||Asahna Bucha Day|
|Monday||July 10***||Asahna Bucha Day (observed)|
|Tuesday||July 11||Buddhist Lent|
|Saturday||August 12||Mother's Day|
|Monday||October 23||Chulalongkorn Day|
|Tuesday||December 05||Father's Day|
|Monday||December 11||Constitution Day (observed)|
|Sunday||December 31||New Year's Eve|
***These holidays vary each year according to lunar calendar.