Social Customs And Traditions In Thailand
Customs And Traditions, Books On Customs
Family Customs in Thailand
Thais still greet one another with the traditional wai, by bringing their hands together.
The junior or inferior person always makes the gesture first. And the higher the hands
are, the more the greeting conveys respect.
Thailand's classical arts have developed almost exclusively in the service of Buddhism.
The best showcase is the wat. There you will find many statues of the Buddha, splendid
murals depicting Buddha's life and folk-tales, fine woodcarving and stucco, dazzling
lacquerwork, intricate mosaics of glass and mother-of-pearl, and above all the crowning
glory of the unique upswept and sweeping and multi-tiered roofs, lined with brilliant
tiles and often trimmed with golden ornaments.
Thai Society Celebrations
Thailand offers every ingredient for a truly memorable holiday. Forested mountains in the
north. Lush tropical beaches in the south. Ancient temples and historical wonders
scattered the length and breadth of the kingdom. National parks for those who want
something more wild and energetic. Remote islands for those who want to get away from it
all. And whichever experience you choose, one thing remains constant is the distinctive
Thai ambience, shaped by the peace-loving Buddhist culture, the long-standing tradition of
hospitality, and the Thais' love of fun.
Thais celebrate their past, their religion, their
great historical and cultural events, the changes of the seasons, and the traditions of
the agricultural calendar. Some festivals are national events or holidays and celebrated
nationwide. Others are confined to one province or locality. Some are truly spectacular.
Others are more modest. Most are characterized by good humor and religious devotion. All
offer colorful insights into the lifestyle and culture. Many festival dates change each
year, as they follow the lunar calendar.
Society Celebrations in Thailand
Songkran, the Thai New Year, is celebrated nationally from 12th to 14th April. In Bangkok,
festivities take place at Sanam Luang, where a revered Buddha image is bathed as part of
the merit-making rituals. Over the years, the festival has become a boisterous affair of
water throwing. Few people escape getting soaked. Visakha Puja in May marks the birth,
death and enlightenment of the Buddha. It is celebrated with candlelight processions
around important temples. At the Royal Ploughing Ceremony, held at Sanam Luang in May,
oxen and Brahmin priests predict the coming agricultural season. The Golden Mount Fair is
the best chance to see a typical Thai temple fair, complete with fun fair, performers and
candlelight processions. The Trooping of the Colours in the Royal Plaza is the best of
many nationwide celebrations marking King Bhumibol's birthday.