Krabi maintains a very traditional approach to its Asian heritage, and this heritage is often celebrated at regular events held throughout the calendar year. Whether you’re interested in experiencing the culture first hand, or if you simply appreciate the activities; you won’t be able to deny just how exciting many of these celebrations can be!
Krabi are just one of the regions around Thailand that celebrate the birthday of their adored King. The event is often celebrated with fireworks, music and parties that run late in to the evening; turning the typically quiet month in to one filled with excitement and anticipation.
These couple of days are set aside as a festival period for the entire nation. The reason behind the celebration is Songkran – or the birth of the Lunar New Year. The Thai calendar differs greatly from its Western equivalent, and these few days are spent washing images of Buddha and making offerings to welcome the New Year in. During these days, religious figures such as Monks are appreciated by everyone and it’s common to see individuals sprinkling coloured water over one another in celebration.
On May the 15th, Buddhists and visitors alike will hold processions with candles and incense to celebrate Sree Buddha’s birthday. This event goes on long in to the evening and Monks can often be heard chanting in the distance.
During June and November, annual celebrations are held to celebrate the Lunar months and the coming of the full moon. Buddhists will release Chao Le boats in to the nearby waterways in celebration of these events and it’s not uncommon for the entire community to stand on shorelines admiring the view.
This event celebrates another full moon event, but this time in July. Monks will gather beneath the full moon and chant until the early hours, and it’s a time of celebration for the locals who take the opportunity to cleanse their auras and begin anew.