Your guide to what’s on in Thailand during September 2021 with key events and festivals to look out for in Thailand plus Thai-themed events in the UK and Ireland.
UK & Ireland
Magic of Thailand Festival: Warwick
Enjoy a little taste of Thailand with the Magic of Thailand Festival which is taking place this summer at locations around the country. A fun family event with games, art and craft activities and Thai food.
Location: Warwick Racecourse
Thai National Flag Day
It was during the reign of King Rama VI on 28 September 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.
Por Tor Hungry Ghost Festival, Phuket
A colourful, important event for Phuket’s local Hokkien Chinese community, the Por Tor Festival is a month-long celebration that honours the dead. Known locally as ‘The Hungry Ghost Festival’, it allows the island’s Thai-Chinese inhabitants to pay tribute to their ancestors through a variety of merit-making ceremonies.
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 respects to Buddha and also to the mythical naga serpents which are said to reside in the Mekong.
Various dates in September
September marks the start of the longboat racing season in Thailand. This old tradition dates back centuries and takes place during September and 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.
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