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Holidays and Festivals in February

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In January/February
Phra Buddha Baht Homage-Paying Fair

The shrine of Phra Buddha Baht with Buddha's footprint is located near the town Saraburi in central Thailand. Thousands of believers make a pilgrimage to this holy place during the two-day festivities in order to pay homage to Buddha.

In January/February
Phra Buddha Chinarat Homage-Paying Fair

Phra Buddha Chinarat statue situated in Wat Mahathat in Phitsanulok, central Thailand is one of the most honored Buddha statues in Thailand. This week-long homage includes entertainment  such as cultural events and exhibitions. Special local products are offered for sale.

In January/February
Phra That Phanom Chedi Homage-Paying Fair

This chedi (stupa) at That Phanom is the most sacred Buddhist monument in northeastern Thailand. During the almost week-long celebrations, believers dressed in white gather in the temple area for prayers.

In January/February
Chinese New Year
(Thailand China town Festival)

Chinese New Year is celebrated throughout the country by the resident Chinese population. Their shops are closed for a few days. Many Chinese people travel during this time to visit relatives or take a holiday.
In February
Makha Bucha
(public holiday)

On full-moon day of the third lunar month the Buddhist people commemorate Buddha's sermon to 1250 followers.  Throughout the country believers bring flowers to the temples, light incense sticks and walk three times around the main building of their Wat in a candle-lit procession after dark.

In February
Flower Festival
(Chiang Mai Flower Festival)

One of the most colorful festivals of northern Thailand takes place in Chiang Mai during the weekend in the first half of February. The main part of the festivities are flower arrangements with lavishly decorated festive carriages, which are awarded  prizes by a jury.

In February
Trang Underwater Wedding Ceremony

In the southern provincial capital Trang  brides and grooms parade through the city streets and attend lavish parties. The wedding ceremony will be held on the beach in a traditional Thai style, while the registration procedure will take place underwater on  Ko Kradan.

In February
Chao Mae Lim Ko Neo Festival

This festival is celebrated on the full-moon night during February in Pattani, southern Thailand. It is in honor of Lim Ko Neo, a Chinese female saint with magical powers. Highlights are a procession through the city and a fire walk where people in trance walk over scorching stones.
In February
Dragon and Lion Parade

An annual celebration held around mid February by Chinese people in order to pay homage to the golden dragon. It takes place at Nakhon Sawan, central Thailand. There is a lot of music and the famous dragon and lion dances are performed. They express gratitude to the gods for its kindness towards humans.

February to April
Kite Flying season

Following old traditions, Thai people play kites during these months of the northeast monsoon throughout the country. Not only for pleasure but also for sports competitions. Large and colorful paper kites are played and fought against each other. They symbolize the battle of the sexes, in which opposing teams fly male (chula) and female (pakpao) kites. The small agile pakpao with a long tail tries to bring down the more cumbersome chula (about 2 meters), while the male kite seeks to snare the female kite and bring it back into male territory.

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