You simply must experience April in Thailand! Everyone knows about the famous Songkran celebrations that kick off April 13th, but there is so much more to see and do during this magical month. There’s Poi Sang Long Festival, Thai Heritage Conservation Festival, and Koh Chang’s Food & Fruit, to name a few. Keep reading to learn more about these events.
POI SANG LONG FESTIVAL
Young boys between the ages of 7 and 14 earn merit and ordination. The first day is called “Sang Long receiving day.” The boys are taken to a ceremony, where their heads are shaved, and are given each a Sang Long dress. The second day is called “Krua Lu parade day,” where the boys are carried on the shoulders of their mentors through a parade. Lots of people join in the parade and offer alms alongside the roads. The third day, “Kam Sang,” is when the boys are brought to the temple and enter the monastery to be ordained for a short period of time. The experience is very spiritual and light, offering a glimpse into the spiritual traditions and life of people in Thailand.
THAI HERITAGE CONSERVATION FESTIVAL
The Thai Heritage Conservation Festival includes various celebrations and festivities that are occurring now until April 13, 2014. This includes the following:
- Maha Chakri Commemoration Day, the observance of the birthday of Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on April 2, which has just passed.
- The Phraya Ratsada QingMing Festival, which is held in Phuket, honors older generations that have deceased. Ritual meals and offerings, such as incense, will be prepared to honor those who have passed.
- There is also the Day for Older Persons, which includes an award presented to the national older person, who is seen as the role model for society in Thailand. This festival period in April, allows you to see the many traditions and celebrations in Thailand.
Koh Chang is the second largest island in Thailand. From now until May 31st, Koh Chang hosts an annual Food & Fruit Festival. This isn’t your typical farmer’s market. You can buy and eat various local fruits and foods not usually found anywhere else. Try some durian, pomelo or mangosteen and savor flavors you’ve never had before. I’m partial to pomelo myself. The fruits are all so delicious, it’s hard not to try them all!
Thailand is a beautiful and inspiring place all year round, but if you’re looking to see and experience lots of things in a short period, why not visit Thailand in April?