Your guide to what’s on in Thailand during September 2020 with key events and festivals to look out for in Thailand plus Thai-themed events in the UK and Ireland.
The current worldwide health concerns relating to coronavirus (Covid-19) means that some upcoming events in Thailand may be postponed or rescheduled.
August 19 to September 16
Por Tor Hungry Ghost Festival, Phuket
Celebrated by Phuket’s Hokkien Chinese community, the Por Tor Hungry Ghost Festival is a traditional annual event where families pay respect to departed ancestors. Although the main festival date for 2020 falls on September 2, the ‘Ghost Month’ is from August 19 to September 16.
Thai National Flag Day
It was during the reign of King Rama VI on September 28, 1917, when the tricolour flag, ‘thong trai rong‘, seen today was adopted as the new national flag. September 28 is now designated as Thai National Flag Day.
to be confirmed
Lai Reua Fai (Illuminated Boat Procession), Nakhon Phanom
Lai Reua Fai is part of the celebrations for Awk Phansa marking the end of the rains retreat. The festival is held in some areas of north-east Thailand, with the most famous event taking place on the Mekong River in Nakhon Phanom. Lai Reua Fai pays respect to Buddha and also to the mythical naga serpents who are said to reside in the Mekong.
Various dates in September
September is the longboat racing season in Thailand. This old tradition dates back centuries and takes place from August to October when river levels are at their highest. This is also the Phansa rains retreat period (‘Buddhist Lent’) and is a way for people to pay respects to the rivers which support the local communities. The longboat races take place in various locations around Thailand including Ayutthaya, Phitsanulok, and Nan.
to be confirmed
Phuket Surfing Festival
Big waves in Phuket may deter swimmers, but they are welcomed by the surfing community. From July-September, surfing conditions on Phuket can be excellent and local clubs on the island organise a series of events and competitions to take advantage of the waves.
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