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Tuesday, March 31, 2009


For April 2009

On 2 April -4 April
you will found

" Magic moments in Khmer heritage "


A splash of sunlight penetrating an ancient temple cloister signals a distinctive celebration at Prasat Phanom Rung (Buriram Province ). Knowing the exact moment to witness a spectacular sunrise through the doorway of an ancient Hindu temple requires a detailed calculation.

Actually, the sun rays pass straight through 15 perfectly aligned doorways of Prasat Phanom Rung, a revered and ancient Hindu monastery, just four times a year -– two sets of sunrises, in April and September, and two sets of sunsets, in March and October.These spectacular solar-related events, that also bear religious significance in the Hindu faithful, span just three days –- 2, 3 and 4 April. The second day is considered the most auspicious as the sun is visible dead centre of the outer doorway of this Khmer Hindu temple. Sun rays cast light through 15 aligned doorways that span 75 metres of the temple’s inner courtyard illuminating a revered lingam deep in the main sanctuary. On the other two days, the sun passes one of the corners of these doorways

Located about 120 km east of Nakhon Ratchasima, the gateway to the northeast region, Prasat Phanom Rung presents a picturesque setting high above the surrounding countryside. A series of steps lead to this ancient monument that stands on the peak of an extinct volcano offering panoramic views of rice fields and hazy mountains on the border with Cambodia.

While photographers will not want to miss the opportunity to capture the 3 April sunrise perfectly aligned within the lintels of the doorways, most visitors will settle for the evening festivals and a colourful light and sound show organised by the Tourism Authority of Thailand performing nightly from 2 to 4 April.
Officially known as the “Ascent of the Mountain Annual Festival” or the “Festival Of The Thousand Year Miracle of the Phanom Rung Grand Shrine” the celebrations start with the religious significance of the sunrises, but continue with community festivities on each of the three days, well into the night.
The 80-minute light and sound show, that start at 20:00, highlights the history of Prasat Phanom Rung and explains the significance of the sunrise and its alignment with the temple’s courtyard doors. The show is described as an “extravagant outdoor Son et Lumiere performances led by a large cast of actors, dancers and acrobats.”This evening spectacular, held within the temple complex, compliments the daytime activities that start with the sunrise ceremonies and are followed by colourful festivities throughout the day. In the afternoon there is almost a carnival spirit as visitors enjoy the local food specialities sold at stalls, the folk music and dances as well as handicraft displays. Many visitors are tempted to stay on to admire the floodlight sanctuary, or slumber through night under the stars to ensure they have a prime spot to participate in the sunrise ceremonies on the following morning.
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credit by Tourism Thailand

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Public Holiday Thailand Calender 2009

National public holidays Thailand's national public holidays are linked to religious or agricultural traditions and follow the lunar calendar, therefore the dates for some of the holidays change each year. For the precise dates of the lunar holidays and festival locations,

The following are national public holidays in Thailand :

January 1st - New Year's Day
PS. Range of this holiday is 31 December - 2 January mostly

January 26 Chinese New Year's Day
The beginning of the Chinese lunar year is celebrated in the Chinatowns of every city throughout Thailand. Some businesses close for the day, but it is not a national holiday

February 9th Makha Bucha Day
Public holiday in lieu of Makha Bucha day more

April 6th : Chakri Memorial Day
How about Chakri Memorial Day

April 13 th - 15 th : Songkran Festival
How about Songkran Festival

May 1 st : National Labour Day
National Labour Day recognizes the important role of Thai labour workers and honours their contribution to the country on this day

May 5 th : Coronation Day
How this day important for Thai people

May 8 th : Visakha Bucha Day
How about Visakha Bucha Day

May 11 th: Ploughing Ceremony
The annual Ploughing Ceremony usually takes place in may every year at Sanam Luang near the Grand Palace in Bangkok. The ceremony has been performed since ancient times and designed to give an auspicious beginning to the new planting season more

July 7 th : Asarnha Bucha Day
Commemorates the first Dhamma sermon delivered by Lord Buddha bringing about the 'Ratanatraya' of Buddhism

July 8 th : Buddhist Lent Day
This day marks the beginning of the Buddhist 'lent' period, a time when monks are supposed to retreat to their temples while new life springs forth

August 12 th : H.M. The Queen's Birthday
Her Majesty the Queen's birthday is a national holiday, also serving as the country's Mothers Day as well.

October 23 th : Chulalongkorn Day
Chulalongkorn Day" or "Piyamaharaj Day", which we say in Thai, is celebrated on 23rd October of every year more

November 2 nd : Loy Kratong
This day isn't Public Holiday but but an evening when Thais pay respect to the goddess of the waters by floating candlelit offerings on any and all waterways around the kingdom

December 5 th : H.M. The King's Birthday
December 5th, H. M. the King's Birthday or Thailand's national Father's Day. The implication of December 5th, therefore, underlines the contribution and compassion His Majesty the King makes to and has for his subjects. Without the slightest doubt, he is regarded as father of the nation.On his birthday, religious rites are held, houses and buildings are decorated with flags, lights and his portraits. The whole nation prays to the Holy Triple Gem and all the sacred things in the universe to bless His Majesty with good health and happiness and the strength to carry on his onerous task.
December 7 th : Substitution for H.M. The King's Birthday

December 10 th : Constitution Day
December 10th celebrates the date in 1932 when the country was granted its first constitution

December 31 th : New Year's Eve
The day before the western new year day is always a national holiday