After the epidemic, numerous yearly Thai festivals and festivities will resume in March. Makha Bucha Day, celebrated on the third lunar month’s full moon, commemorates Lord Buddha’s assembly with 1,250 followers. Makha Bucha Day is March 6 this year.
The Hok Peng Festival to Worship Phra That Chao Phu Phiang Chae Haeng, which will be held from February 28 to March 6 at Wat Phra That Chae Haeng in Nan, is one of numerous activities taking place. The festival, which commemorates the sixth lunar month in Northern Thailand, features a variety of Buddhist activities, a traditional market and shopping strip, as well as cultural processions and contests.
The Hae Malai Khao Tok Festival, held from March 1 to 5, in Maha Chana Chai District, Yasothon, is another event not to be missed. This cultural event features tens of thousands of hand-made popped-rice garlands adorning floats, as well as workshops and contests for producing the garlands.
The Prachin Buri Makha Bucha Day Festival will take place between March 2 and 6 at Thailand’s oldest and largest bodhi tree. Worshiping the Lord Buddha’s relics, merit-making and blessing ceremonies, exhibits, cultural performances, sales of community handicrafts, a local market, and tours to Si Mahosot Ancient Town are among the activities.
Meanwhile, from March 3-5, Roi Et will host the Bun Phawet Merit Making Fair, where visitors can learn about the unique Heet Sib Song merit-making tradition, and the Ban Pa Meang Orchid Tree Blossoms Festival, which will celebrate the white blossoms of the orchid tree that adorn the valley village of Ban Pa Meang.
The Thao Suranari Memorial Fair in Nakhon Ratchasima from March 23 to April 3 commemorates a famous heroine of ancient Thai history; the Ranong Hot Springs Festival on March 31, which celebrates the province’s health-giving Thai-style onsen in hot springs; and the Prasat Muang Tam Festival on March 31, which features a light-and-sound presentation, cultural shows, beauty pageant, and fair selling local products and food.
There will also be several opportunities to learn about and enjoy local culture and customs, such as the ASEAN Barred Ground Dove Festival in Yala on March 4-5 and the Lamduan Flower Festival – Traditions of the Four Thai Ethnic Groups in Si Sa Ket on March 8-12.
From March through May, visitors may also enjoy bird and butterfly watching at Kaeng Krachan National Park Protection Unit 4 in Phetchaburi, as well as the PELUPO International Music Festival on March 11 at Siam Country Club in Pattaya, Chon Buri.
The whole list may be seen at www.bit.ly/3mi7JNA.