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AUGUST

Buddhist Lent - KHAO PHANSA
July - October

As the seasonal monsoon rains descend over the kingdom, it marks the beginning of the Buddhist "rain retreat" and the Buddhist Lent, or "Phansa", during which all Buddhist monks retreat to the temples. This is also an auspicious time for Buddhist ordinations as it marks a period of spiritual renewal.

Known as "Khao Phansa", the Buddhist Lent is a time devoted to study and meditation. Buddhist monks remain within the temple grounds and do not venture out for a period of three months starting from the first day of the waning moon of the eighth lunar month (in July) to the fifteenth day of the waxing moon of the eleventh lunar month (in October). In former times, this is done to prevent monks from trampling upon rice paddies when they venture out to receive offerings from the villagers.

Buddhism, Buddhist traditions and beliefs are central forces that shape the local way of life and give rise to various festivals of religious origin which have been observed for generations. For example, the majority of the Buddhist ordinations take place during the Buddhist Lent when young novices enter the monkhood. Villagers also actively engage in merit-making during this period. Offerings consisting of an assortment of savoury dishes and sweets as well as items for daily use are offered to monks. Items that provide light such as candles, lanterns and lamp oil are deemed to be particularly important offerings as it is believed that they provide monks with illumination physically and spiritually.

Many of these traditions have evolved into full-scale festivals featured in the Buddhist calendar and the kingdom's official calendar of festivals and events such as "The Candle Festival" of Ubon Ratchathani province, which features a procession of ornately-carved beeswax candles of various shapes and sizes, and the "Tak Bat Dok Mai" floral offering merit-making ritual that is unique to Saraburi province.

 
Maemao Mini-Half Marathon in the Queen's Honor
Date: 1st week Of AUGUST
Location: Maemor Withaya School, Lampang
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Activities:
Contact: Maemor Running For Health
 
Tel:

(66 54) 252 600, 252 609
 

Lam Yai Festival
Date: 05 August
Location: Lamphun Sport Stadium
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Activities:
Contact: Lamphun Provincial Administration Office
Tel:

(66 53)  511017
 

Fueng Fah Festival
Date: 12 AUGUST
Location: Chiangmai
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Activities:
Contact: TAT Office Northern
Tel:

(66 53)  248 604, 248 607
 

HER MAJESTY'S BIRTHDAY  :
Date: 12 th August.
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Her Majesty's The Queen's birthday. It is celebrated annually nationwide where government and private building and streets throughout the kingdom will be brightly lit and decorated lavishly. "Mother's Day" is celebrated on the same day
Contact:
Tel:

(66 53) 
 

NORTHERN FLORA & DECORATIVE PLANTS SHOW
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Tel:

(66 53)
 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAY IN CHIANGMAI, THAILAND

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DATE EVENTS NOTE
January 1 New Years Day  
February 1 Chinese New Year's Day  
  16 Makha Bucha Day  
  17 Substitution Makha Bucha Day  
April 6 Chakri Day  
  7 Substitution Chakri Day  
  13-15 Songkran Day  
  16 Substitution Songkran Day  
May 1 Mational Labour Day  
  5 Coronation Day  
  15 Visakha Bucha Day  
July 1 Mid Year Bank's Closing Day  
  13 Asarnha Bucha Day  
  14 Buddhist Lent Day  
  15 Substitution Asarnha Bucha Day  
August 12 H.M The Queen's Birthday  
October 10 The End Of the Lend Day  
  23 Chulalongkorn Day  
November 8 Loy Krathong Day  
December 5 H.M The King's Birthday  
  10 Constitution Day  
  25 Christmas Day  
  31 New Year's Eve  

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