Celebrations around Thailand – Chiang Mai, Nakhon Ratchasima, Nakhon Sawan, Pattaya, Chon Buri province, Phuket, Hat Yai and Songkhla
BANGKOK CHINA TOWN FESTIVAL 2007
FEBRUARY 18 — 19, 2007
In Bangkok’s China Town — Yawarat, Sampantawong district
Along Trimitr Road, The King’s Birthday Celebration Arch to Ratchawong intersection
Traditional celebrations are staged every Chinese New Year to pay tribute the mythical Golden Dragon — the guardian spirit that has watched over Yawarat for centuries, and to whom residents of the community believe they owe their good fortune, wealth and prosperity. The Golden Dragon is thus accorded an exalted status in ritual, as well as in everyday life.
To commemorate these milestones in history, Bangkok’s Yawarat district or ‘China Town’, Bangkok’s legendary Thai-Chinese community, is hosting its grandest celebration.
NAKHON RATCHASIMA CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL 2007
FEBRUARY 18 — 19, 2007
At Thao Suranaree Plaza
Procession of the Golden Dragon
Sino-Thai procession by Chinese associations in Nakhon Ratchasima
“Dressed in Red” fashion show
“Ang Pow” gifts of cash
A range of festive entertainment
Food stalls, shopping opportunities and other activities
NAKHON SAWAN CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL 2007
The Fascinating Realm of the Golden Dragon
FEBRUARY 11 — 12, 2007
Chinese New Year festivities will be held along the banks of the Chao Phraya River at Sawan Nongsomboon Park and Kosi Road in the city centre.
The Chao Por-Chao Mae Pak Nam Pho fair and procession, organised by Thais of Chinese ancestry in Nakhon Sawan Province during the Chinese New Year, is held in honour of Chao Poh Pak Nam Pho, a highly revered deity, hence the origins of its name. The event has been held annually.
This famous festival and grand celebration with the procession of a statue of Chao Por Pak Nam Pho, impressive displays of dragon and lion dances, cultural performances such as the Chinese opera and acrobatics, offers a colourful spectacle and is a popular attraction among Thais and foreigners.
The dragon and the lion, both considered to be symbols of good luck and good fortune and prominently featured as the royal regalia in the imperial courts of ancient China, are deemed to be central elements of auspicious rituals and events. The practice vividly demonstrates the faith and unity of local people and long-established cultural ties.
In addition to providing an opportunity for shopping, the Chao Por Pak Nam Po Fair offers insight into the local way of life.
CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL — PHUKET PERANAGAN FESTIVAL
Journey back in time to Phuket’s past
Peranagan Cultural Exhibition
A cultural showcase of Phuket’s Peranagan (local born), their traditions and way of life, music, art and culture
Evolution of the Phuket Style of Dress Through the Decades
Traditional cultural performances from the Imperial Courts presented by the cultural troupe from the province of Xian
Lion Dance, Dragon Procession and processions from the Chinese shrines
Shopping and food stalls
HAT YAI CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL 2007
FEBRUARY 16– 18, 2007
At Sri Nakhon School, Hat Yai district, Songkhla
Cultural performances and presentations from the People’s Republic of China on January 31
Kung Fu martial arts from Guang Zhou province
World Championship Lion Dance and Dragon Procession from Guang Zhou province in China
Demonstration of Chinese customs, traditions and way of life including the presentation of ritual offerings at the family altar
CHIANG MAI CHINA TOWN CHINESE NEW YEAR FESTIVAL
FEBRUARY 16 – 18, 2007
Vararos Market — Lao Jo Street
Cultural performances and presentations from the People’s Republic of China and Lanna cultural performances and presentations of Northern Thailand in honour of His Majesty the King
Lion Dance, Dragon Procession and other traditional Chinese cultural performances
Demonstrations of martial arts
Chinese Food Fest
Note: Event dates and programme details may be subject to change. To ensure you have the most updated information, please reconfirm details prior to travel.
Contact: Tourism Authority of Thailand – http://www.tat.or.th/