Is Thai New Year same as Chinese New Year?
Thais used to set their New Year by the lunar calendar as in many other Asian cultures, including Chinese. But today it has a fixed date – from April 13 to 15. It is a spring festival, like Lunar New Year.
Why do Thai celebrate Chinese New Year?
This year, Chinese New Year will be celebrated on January 25th and although it is not observed as a public holiday in Thailand, Thai-Chinese people look forward to the celebration of this holiday as it is a time for family gatherings, worship of deities, and paying respect to deceased ancestors.
How do they celebrate new year in Thailand?
Visiting temples: A huge number of Thais also visit temple during the evening or night time to mark the changing of the year with good luck and prosperity. Making merit and giving alms to monks are common. It’s the Thai spiritual way to begin the new year with peace of mind.
What is Thai Songkran Festival?
Songkran is the traditional Thai New Year festival since the former time. It is a celebration that embraces goodwill, love, compassion. and thankfulness, using water as the means of expression. The word Songkran derives from Sanskrit meaning to move or step forward.