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Festivals

Bo Sasn Umbrella Fair & Sankamphang Handicrafts Festival
Bo Sang Village, Chiang Mai Almost everyone in the small village of Bo Sang, near Chiang Mai derives a livelihood from making gaily painted paper umbrellas. This fair, held on the main street celebrates their traditional skill and features contests, exhibitions, stalls selling umbrellas and other handicrafts, and procession decorated by umbrellas and cycling ladies with umbrellas.

Tawai Village Wood Carving Fair
Tawai Village, Chiang Mai This fair features demonstration, contests and sales of wood carvings and local handicrafts. Products can be made within the fair. And includes local folk performances and a procession highlight on the entire range of popular northern Thai wood crafts. Hosted by the Tawai village, Hang Dong district.

Flower Carnival Buak Hat Park
Chaing Mai A festival centered around flowers. Features a parade with beautiful flower floats, a beauty contest, flower displays. and judging, gardening techniques, and flowers for sale. Takes place throughout the main city streets and at Buak Hard Park.

Makha Buccha Day Nationwide
An important Buddhist holiday honoring the event when 1,250 of Buddha's disciples congregated without previous agreement. Buddha gave an important sermon at this event. Buddhists carry flowers, lighted candles, and joss sticks while walking around a Chedi at the temple three times under the full moon.

Chaing Mai Songkran And Lannathai Festival
Tha Pae Gate and citywide, Chiang Mai Traditionally the Thai New Year, this festival is celebrated by making merit, constructing sand chedis, and pouring lustral water over respected elders and Buddha images. As the years went by, it became a part of tradition to splash water on one and all. It is a city-wide festival, and one of the most popular in Chiang Mai, so expect to have a good time and get wet!

Chaing Mai Great Arts And Culture Festival
Tha Dton Payom Market on Suthep Road, Chiang Mai The Chiang Mai Great Arts and Culture Festival will be held from April 2 - 6. The objectives are to promote the image of Chiang Mai as an important centre of art and culture, and to stimulate the preservation of local arts and the cultural heritage for future generations. The Chiang Mai Great Arts and Culture Festival gathers at one time and at the same location a variety of important activities relating to Thai culture. The activities include. April 2-6. A festival of outdoor music will be held at Three Kings Monument. Open to the public. April 3-6. A fair to promote Lanna arts and culture at the open space opposite the Dton Payom Market on Suthep Road. There will be demonstrations of the various activities of the original lifestyle of the Lanna people. Stalls will sell various items significant to the local culture highlighting. Northern culsine. Daily useful implements will be on exhibit.

Visakha Bucha Nationwide
A Buddhist holiday, in commemoration of the birth, enlightenment and death of Buddha. Chiang Mai Buddhists walk up to Suthep Temple at night to make merit.

Intakin Festival
Held at the Chedi Luang Temple,it lasts a week and is used to ask for peace and for rain to fall during the right seasons.The temple holds the city piller which traditionally marks the center of a town.

Asalha Puja Nationwide
Commenorates the first time that Buddha, his teachings, and his disciples were present. According to Buddhism, all three are needed for wholeness. On this day, Buddhists make merit at temples and sermons are preached.

Khao Pansa (Buddhist Rains Retreat) Nationwide
Begins the three months when monks stop all travelling and station themselves at a certain temple. Merit is made, and there are floats and a parade. In addition, large candles are given to monks for use during prayer times.

H.M. The Queen's Birthday
Celebrations August 12, Nationwide

Auk Pansa Nationwide
The end of the three month period when monks are not permitted to traval. An important merit making ceremony is held at Chiang Mai University, where monks from several different temples are asked to receive contributions of rice and dry food.

Loy Krathong or Yi Peng
An important Thai festivel, it is a way of paying respect to the goddess of the river for the water that was provided, and to repent for dirtying the river under the full moon, creating a beautiful sight. In addition, there are float contests, boat races, and a beauty contest. Lanterns similar to balloons are also lighted and sent drifting up into the sky.

H.M. The King's Birthday
Celebrations Nationwide

Chiang Mai Food Festival
The Pae Gate, Chiang Mai Adishes, the n annual festival of Chiang Mai's great demonstrations on fruit carving and ancient Thai desserts, and beauty Lanna culture shows. Good food selling at a cheap price.

Chiang Mai Winter Fair
Annual festival held at the Chiang Mai Goverment Center. Featuring a variety of products for sale, especially handicrafts show a beauty contest and games. Comes alive at night.