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December 5:
On the King's birthday a parade of the colors is performed in Bangkok by Thailand's elite Royal Guards.

December 31-January 2:
New Year celebrations are usually at their best around the temples. In Bangkok, special ceremonies at Pramanae Ground include Thai dances.

Magha Puja commemorates the day when 1,250 disciples spontaneously heard Lord Buddha preach the cardinal doctrine on the full moon of the third lunar month.

Kite-flying contests are held at the Pramanae Ground in which barbs on the kite strings are used to destroy opponents' kites.

April 6:
Chakri Day commemorates the enthronement of King Rama I, founder of the present dynasty, in 1782.

Songkran marks the Thai New Year and is an occasion for setting caged birds and fish free, visiting family, dancing, and water-throwing, in which everyone splashes everyone else in good-natured merriment.

Plowing Ceremony: At the Pramanae Ground, Thailand's king and queen take part in a traditional ritual that opens the rice-planting season.

May 5:
Coronation Day: The king and queen take part in a procession to the Royal Chapel to preside over ceremonies commemorating their coronation.

Visakha Puja: On the full moon of the sixth lunar month, the nation celebrates the holiest of Buddhist days-commemorating Lord Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and death. Monks lead the laity in candlelit processions around their temples.

August 12:
Queen Sirikit's birthday is celebrated with religious ceremonies at Chitlada Palace, and the city is adorned with lights galore.

Held on the full moon of the 12th lunar month, Loi Krathong is the loveliest of Thai festivals. After sunset, people throughout Thailand make their way to a body of water and launch small lotus-shaped banana-leaf floats bearing lighted candles. The aim is to honor the water spirits and wash away one's sins of the past year.

Golden Mount Festival: Of all the fairs and festivals in Bangkok, this one at the Golden Mount is the most spectacular, with sideshows, food stalls, bazaars, and large crowds of celebrants.


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