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Thai Holidays and Festivals

กฐิน gaL thinRKathin, the ceremonial presentation of robes to Buddhist monks, usually falling in November
khamM aL thitH thaanR wanM laawyM graL thohngM
A Prayer for the Loi Kratong Festival
งานขึ้นบ้านใหม่ngaanM kheunF baanF maiLhousewarming party
จรดพระนังคัลjohtL phraH nangM khanMploughing ceremony
เชงเม้งchaehngM mengHtomb sweeping day (of Thai families with a Chinese tradition)
เทศกาลไหว้พระจันทร์thaehtF saL gaanM waiF phraH janMmid-autumn Moon Festival
ประเพณีบุญบั้งไฟ bpraL phaehM neeM boonM bangF faiMRocket Festival, held in mid-May in some provinces of Isan and in Laos
bpraL phaehM neeM haaeL thiianM phanM saaR
Candle Festival, held around Khao Phansa in Ubon Ratchathani
พระราชทานเพลิงศพphraH raatF chaH thaanM phleerngM sohpLcremation ceremony sponsored by the royal family
phraH raatF chaH phiH theeM johtL phraH nangM khanM raaekF naaM khwanR
Royal Ploughing Ceremony
พิธีขึ้นบ้านใหม่phiH theeM kheunF baanF maiLhousewarming ceremony
พิธีทำขวัญนาคphiH theeM thamM khwanR naakFnaga ordination ceremony
วันมาฆบูชาwanM maaM khaH buuM chaaMMagha Puja Day (Makabucha Day)
รดน้ำดำหัวrohtH naamH damM huaaRwater-pouring ceremony to ask a blessing from a respected elder
ลอยกระทงlaawyM graL thohngMLoi Kratong, Loy Krathong, a Thai festival and ceremony of Brahmin origin celebrated throughout the nation on the full moon night of November each year by floating กระทง  onto the local rivers or canals to ask for forgiveness from the River Goddess Ganges (พระแม่คงคา) for having polluted her in the past and to express gratitude toward her for giving everyone water
วันขึ้นปีใหม่wanM kheunF bpeeM maiLNew Year's Day
วันจักรีwanM jakL greeMKing Rama I Day, commemorating the founder of the Chakri Dynasty, Rama I, on April 6
วันฉัตรมงคลwanM chatL dtraL mohngM khohnMCoronation Day, a public holiday in Thailand on May 5, on which King and Queen commemorate their 1946 coronation
wanM chaL leermR phraH chohnM maH phanM saaR phraH baatL sohmR detL phraH jaoF yuuL huaaR
The King's Birthday
วันเฉลิมพระชนมพรรษาสมเด็จพระนางเจ้าฯ พระบรมราชินีนาถ
wanM chaL leermR phraH chohnM maH phanM saaR sohmR detL phraH naangM jaoF phraH baawM rohmM maH raaM chiH neeM naatF
The Queen's Birthday
วันเช็งเม้งwanM chengM mengHCheng Meng day, Qingming day, Ancestors Day, Tomb Sweeping Day [traditional Chinese Holiday on the 104th day after the winter solstice (or the 15th day from the Spring Equinox), usually occurring around April 5]
วันตรุษไทยwanM dtrootL thaiMThai New Year's Day
วันปิยมหาราชwanM bpiL yaH maH haaR raatFChulalongkorn Day, commemoration of King Rama V on October 23
วันพระwanM phraHBuddhist Sabbath
วันพ่อแห่งชาติwanM phaawF haengL chaatFNational Father's Day
วันพืชมงคลwanM pheuutF mohngM khohnMRoyal Ploughing Day, to start the official rice planting season on the second week of May
วันรัฐธรรมนูญwanM ratH thaL thamM maH nuunMConstitution Day, commemorates the change to constitutional monarchy in 1932
วันแรงงานwanM raaengM ngaanMLabor Day
วันลอยกระทงwanM laawyM graL thohngMLoy Kratong Day
วันสารทจีนwanM saatL jeenMChinese spirit festival; Hungry Ghost festival
วันวิสาขบูชาwanM wiH saaR khaL buuM chaaMWisakabucha Day
สงกรานต์  sohngR graanMSongkran, the Thai New Year festival, celebrated in mid-April
สัปดาห์หนังสือแห่งชาติsapL daaM nangR seuuR haengL chaatFNational Book Week
สาดน้ำsaatL naamHto splash; throw water (as during the สงกรานต์  holiday)
sookL sanR wanM maaeF
"Happy Mother's Day."
แห่เทียนพรรษาhaaeL thiianM phanM saaRCandle Festival Parade
อั่งเปาangL bpaoMgift of money in a red envelope to mark the new year; hong bao
อาสาฬหบูชา aaM saanR haL buuM chaaMAsallha Puja, the observance of the Buddha's first sermon over 2,500 years ago
งานฤดูหนาวngaanM reuH duuM naaoRWinter Fair [annual fair in Chiang Mai, for example]

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