Thailand has many festivals, and civil and religious celebrations, that are beautiful symbolically and fascinating to witness and participate in. We recommend that you include Thai festivals or holiday in your travel plans. There are many local celebrations upcountry that are well worth attending. You can be sure that most festivalsin Hua Hin will be colorful, loud and fun.
1st January: New Year’s Day .To greet the New Year, a range of uniquely Thai traditional and cultural festivities are held in various parts of the country. As day breaks on the first day of the new year the “welcome the dawn” takes place, the Buddhist merit-making ritual, which is followed by giving alms to the Monks.
On the second Saturday of January the Thai People celebrate Children's Day. Many local authorities organise all over Thailand organize fun events for children. In Hua Hin military staff and school teachers arrange Children's Day on the field in front of Ratchata School. Many government sections and private individuals support this event.
Teachers' Day is celebrated on 16 January since 1957. Students are asked to remember the important role teachers play. During the morning respect paying ceremonies to the teachers are held across Hua Hin. On Teachers' Day all the students come to school with flowers and prostrate at teachers' feet to pay them respect. In Thailand, teachers get a lot of respect in the local community.
14th February - Valentine’s Day.
Chakri Day - On 6 April the founding of the Chakri Dynasty is remembered. King Rama I came to the throne on 6 April 1782. The best known past members of the Chakri dynasty are King Rama IV (King Mongkut), who hired Anna Leonowens to educate his children, and his son King Rama V (King Chualalongkorn), who opened the doors of Siam further to the West. King Rama IX, the present King, is the longest ever reigning monarch in the World. He ascended the throne of Thailand in 1946. On Chakri Day HM the King presides over a Religious Ceremony, in order to pay respect to his predecessors. A ceremony will also take place near Memorial Bridge (close to the flower and vegetable market "Pak Klong Talat"), where a statue of King Rama I has been built.
Tabtim Goddess Festival
National Labour Day is on 1st May.
His Majesty’s Coronation in 1946 is celebrated on 5 May.
Royal Ploughing Day. King Bhumibol oversees the ancient Ploughing Ceremony to mark the beginning of the rice-planting season. The ceremony is very important for Thai farmers, because it predicts how much rain will fall and how well the crops will grow. Thousands of farmers come to the Grand Palace to watch.This Ceremony takes place every year in May, on Sanam Luang, the large grass area near the Grand Palace in Bangkok. It marks the beginning of the planting season. It is believed that the amount of rain in the coming season can be predicted from it. Their Majesties the King and Queen are normally present. A "Ploughing Lord" is offered three pieces of cloth of different length. If he chooses the shortest one, rain will be plentiful. The longest one will give very little rain and the intermediate one an intermediate amount of rain. Then the "Ploughing Lord" will plough Sanam Luang with a sacred plough, drawn by white bulls. The bulls are then presented with different kinds of food and drink and whatever they choose to eat or drink is believed to be plentiful that year.
Honda Summer Festival @ Hua Hin is organized every year since 2008. It takes place in May on Hua Hin beach. During the Honda musical festival Bossanove, Reggae, Ska, and Dance music is performed on the beach. Many Thai and leading foreign DJs and many bands from all over the world take past in the Hua Hin Honda Festival.
The Hua Hin Jazz Festival is another great event annually arranged in June. It is expected to draw thousands of local and overseas visitors to enjoy local and international artists and bands rotating their performances between 2 stages in central downtown.
In July or August, the Asan Boocha Day, honors the Buddha’s first sermon over 2,500 years ago. The full-moon day of the eighth lunar month marks the preaching of Lord Buddha's first sermon to his first five disciples after attaining Enlightenment. In the evening, candlelit processions take place in Buddhist temples around the country.
Hua Hin is famous for a source of sea shells. Hua Hin Market Village in cooperation with Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Hua Hin Municipality, Bangkok Shells Museum, leading hotels and resorts in Hua Hin organize in July Shell Eating Festival. During Shell Eating Festival shells food prepared by local chefs is on sale with special price. On sale are also fashion and decorative items made of shells.
Around this time is Khao Phansa, which is the beginning of the Buddhist Rains Retreat (sometimes called Buddhist Lent), during which monks must remain in their temple-monasteries for the three-month period.
On 7th August each year, Thailand observes Rapee Day, commemorating the passing away of Prince Rapee Pattanasak, the father of Thailand's modern legal system. For the Rapee Day celebration are invited many government officials. Chief Judge presides over the Rapee Day celebration.
Chulalongkorn Day, 23 October, honors one of Thailand’s most revered kings, Rama V.
Loi Krathong (full moon festival) is a very special Thai celebration in early November. Everybody float (lawy) banana-leaf (grà'tong') boats bearing flowers, incense, a candle, and a coin, on lakes and rivers throughout the nation. This results in probably the most beautiful sight you can ever see in Asia or maybe in the World! Many believe their “sins” of the past are floated away. This lovely traditional festival is not an official holiday.
Hua Hin Esarn Festival take place in November at Sampan Club. The festival is organized annually since 2005. About two thousand of Esarn people attend the Hua Hin Esarn Festival every year.
The 5th of December is the King’s Birthday Celebrations (Father's Day). King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longest reigning monarch, is well beloved and deeply respected by all Thais old and young. The occasion of his royal birthday provides his loyal subjects the opportunity to express their reverence for him. All over the country. buildings and homes are elaborately decorated and the area around the Grand Palace is spectacularly illuminated.
Hua Hin Food Festival was lunched in 2005 to promote tourism and help preserve tradition. It takes place early in December at the Royal Queen Park. This four days festival starts at 7.30 p.m and end at 01:00 a.m.
On 10 December Constitution Day marks the foundation of the Constitutional Monarchy in Thailand. This event took place during the reign of King Rama VII (King Prajadhipok) in 1932. Before that Thailand was an Absolute Monarchy, with all power belonging to the King. Constitution Day is a day on which the Thai people express their gratitude to the King.
Hua Hin Thai Cultural Association Festival is organized annually since 2004 at the Pone King Phet public park in Hua Hin. The aim of the festival is to preserve Thai culture and customs. The Hua Hin Thai Cultural Association Festival is supported by Hua Hin Municipality.