Mai celebrates many annual festivals. Three are particularly lively and
lovely. They are the Flower Festival, the first Friday and weekend of
every February, Songkran, 13-15 April each year, and Loi Krathong on the
full moon night of the twelfth lunar month, generally in November.
3-day event occurs during the period when Chiang Maiís temperate and
tropical flowers are in full bloom and at their colourful best.
Festivities include colourful floral floats, parades, music and dancing,
and beauty pageants.
festival celebrates the traditional Thai New Year with religious
merit-making, pilgrimages, beauty parades, dancing, merriment and
uninhibited, good-natured water-throwing.
float away under the full moon, onto rivers, canals and lakes, banana-leaf
boats bearing a lighted candle, incense, flower and small coin to honour
the water spirits and wash away the previous yearís misfortunes.