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AUGUST 2023 - Events & Festivals

AUGUST 2023

VANISHING POINT - Sculpture exhibition by Xin Chaikul & Worasit Kileksi
12 Aug – 30 Sept 2023
Alliance Française, Chiang Mai

   “Vanishing Point” gathers the recent works of young Thai artists Xin Chaikul and Worasit Kileksi. Both artists take a fresh visual interpretation on Buddhist precepts, using raw, natural or recycled materials. The extreme simplicity of the shapes and materials brings the viewer to meditate on the essential and reminds us of the humble place humans occupy in the living world.


Asanha Bucha Day
1 August 2023
Nationwide

   Asanha Bucha Day commemorates the occasion over 2,500 years ago on which the Lord Buddha delivered his first sermon, the Four Noble Truths considered the foundation of all Buddhist philosophy, to five ascetics (monks). Also known as Dharma Day, it takes place on the full moon day of the eighth lunar month which in 2023 is on 1 August.

   On Asanha Bucha Day, Buddhists will go to the temple to listen to sermons on the Buddha’s teachings or Dharma, to perform merit-making and participate in evening candlelit ceremonies. This includes a ‘Wien Tien’ procession in which they hold lighted candles in hand and walk around a temple’s main chapel three times, representing one the Buddha, two his teachings, and three the monkhood. Asanha Bucha Day is also a traditional day for young Thai males to be ordained.


Khao Phansa or Buddhist Lent Day
2 August 2023
Nationwide

   Khao Phansa or Buddhist Lent Day takes place the day after the full moon of the eighth lunar month - or Asanha Bucha Day - and marks the start of the rainy season and the time at which monks will retreat to their temples for a three-month period of study and meditation. This retreat is based on an edict of Lord Buddha issued to ensure monks did not damage crops or accidentally stand on insects hidden in the floodwaters.

   At the centre of the popular Khao Phansa festival are elaborately carved candles which are shown off in local parades on their way to temples that boast a fascinating blend of artistry, fun and festivities with folk dances, sound and light performances, and local crafts on display. This reflects the traditional practice of candles being donated to temples so that monks could continue their studying into the evening.


Ayutthaya Aquatic Phansa Festival
1 August 2023
Khlong Lat Chado (Lat Chado River), Ayutthaya

   This colourful celebration by the people of Ban Lat Chado in Ayutthaya’s Phak Hai District sees candles transported by boats decorated with flowers along the ancient Khlong Lat Chado, for a distance of around 4 kilometres. The event is full of culture and heritage, with the boat procession and a boat parade scheduled to take place from 09.00-12.00 Hrs. Visitors can also take a walk around Lat Chado market, and try some of the delicious local food.


Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival 2023
30 July-2 August 2023
Thung Sri Mueang, Ubon Ratchathani

   The Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival is a longstanding tradition in this Northeastern (Isan) city and is full of local culture and heritage. Activities include a Wien Tien procession on Asanha Bucha Day on 1 August, light and sound display and Khao Phansa candle procession and competition on 1-2 August, and the presentation of candles to temples on 2 August. From around mid-July up to the festival itself, the making of the intricate candles can be seen at local villages, and following the festival they will be on display at temples until 31 August. From 30 July-3 August there will also be streets lit up with candle decorations, and OTOP product sales.


Tak Baht Dok Mai Khao Phansa
31 July-2 August 2023
Wat Phra Phutthabat, Saraburi

   This traditional merit-making ceremony involves the giving to monks of white Khao-Phansa flowers and is held annually on Khao Phansa or Buddhist Lent Day. Activities include a traditional candle offering ceremony at the ‘Ubosot’ or ordination hall in Wat Phra Phutthabat, cultural and ethnic processions, an exhibition on Buddhist Lent flowers, shopping, and OTOP product showcase.


Korat Candle Procession Festival
1-4 August 2023
Thao Suranari (Ya Mo) Monument courtyard, Nakhon Ratchasima

   This year’s Korat Candle Procession Festival is conceptualised as a carnival-style show taking place in the street with an amphitheatre for viewing. A candle procession will feature elaborately crafted candles from Wat Nok and Wat Mai Sra Pathum temples in Chok Chai District, from Wat Derm, Wat Mai Pratu Chai, Wat Old Pratu Chai, and Wat Sra Pleng in Phimai District, and art teams from Mueang district such as Wat Pa Phithak Tham and Wat Muang temples.


Prakhon Chai Candle Procession Festival
2-3 August 2023
Prakhon Chai Subdistrict Municipality Courtyard, Buri Ram

   On 2 August there is a candle procession and mini concert by Thai artist Lumplearn Wongsakorn Yawararat, and pong lang (Isan musical instrument) performance. On 3 August is a cultural and music performance, Miss Beauty candle contest, and people’s choice candle contest.


Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2023
15 June-15 August 2023
Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Udon Thani, Chon Buri (Pattaya), Songkhla (Hat Yai)

   This highly popular, premier annual event offers shopping, eating, flying, and traveling discounts and other privileges at over 10,000 participating shops and establishments in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Phuket, Udon Thani, Chon Buri (Pattaya), and Songkhla (Hat Yai). The event reinforces Thailand’s image as one of the world’s top six popular shopping destinations. More than 10,000 great deals are on offer in the six cities, including shopping discounts of up to 80%.


Krachiao Flower Fields 2023
July-August 2023
Pa Hin Ngam National Park, and Sai Thong National Park, Chaiyaphum

   Each year around the beginning of the rainy season, fields of Siam Tulip or Krachiao flowers come into full bloom in the Northeastern (Isan) province of Chaiyaphum. The colourful scenes created by this delightful natural attraction can currently be seen at Sai Thong National Park in Nong Bua Rawe District where the pink flowers are blooming.

   At this time of year, Chaiyaphum is also known for its ‘sea of mist’ around cliffs in the national park areas, such as at Pha Hum Hot in Sai Thong National Park, Pha Sut Phaen Phaen in Pa Hin Ngam National Park, and Pha Hua Nak in Phu Laen Kha National Park.


Phetchaburi Creative City of Gastronomy
4-6 August 2023
Wat Yai Suwannaram, and Phra Nakhon Khiri Historical Park (Khao Wang), Phetchaburi

   Reflecting Phetchaburi province’s status as a member of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) in the category of Gastronomy, the Phetchaburi Creative City of Gastronomy event is a cultural and culinary celebration that will feature delicious local cuisine to enjoy, food demonstrations, free food tastings, cultural performances and folk entertainment, contemporary music performances, goldsmith and other local craftsmanship demonstrations, and local product sales.


Cross-Region Travel Fair
4-6 August 2023
Central Rayong

   This is the fourth of five travel fairs being held in Thailand’s five regions between June and September 2023, with the aim of encouraging cross-region travel. The show will feature promotions and special deals from accommodation, attractions, tour companies, and other tourism products and services across the country, as well as DIY workshops on local wisdom from the five regions.


Amazing Muay Thai Experience
11-13 August 2023 @Wat Yai Tha Sao, Uttaradit
18-20 August 2023 @King Narai’s Palace, Lop Buri

   These are the third and fourth events in a four-event series organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to showcase four unique styles of Muay Thai Boran or ancient Thai boxing: Muay Chaiya, Muay Korat, Muay Tha Sao, and Muay Lop Buri in Surat Thani, Nakhon Ratchasima, Uttaradit, and Lop Buri, respectively.

   The showcase of Uttaradit’s fast and versatile “Muay Tha Sao” boxing style - a combination of Thai and Chinese martial art techniques - is scheduled for 11-13 August 2023 at Wat Yai Tha Sao, and the showcase of the quick and evasive “Muay Lop Buri” boxing style for 18-20 August 2023 at King Narai’s Palace.


Road to Sonic Bang 2023
12 August 2023
IMPACT Exhibition Center, Bangkok

   The Road to Sonic Bang 2023 international music festival will feature various genres of music, with international artists, Asian artists, and new generation Thai artists performing. The lineup includes LANY, Valley, ADOY, Nulbarich, Burnout Syndromes, and HYBS.


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