With some 14 per cent of Thai people having some Chinese ancestry, Chinese New Year is a big event in the kingdom and people celebrate with friends and family all over the country. This year will be the Year of the Rooster and as usual, areas with a big Chinese population will be hosting a range of special events, parades and dragon dances.
The biggest celebrations are normally found in Bangkok, Ayutthaya, Chiang Mai, Nakhon Sawan, Phuket, Trang and Udon Thani. But the most popular party for Chinese New Year takes place in Bangkok’s Chinatown when the main street of Yaworat turns red from end to end with banners and lanterns. There are dragon parades and acrobatic performances to enjoy as well as stalls selling tasty Chinese treats.
If you are in Bangkok for the New Year, it is traditional to make merit by visiting the Lengnoeiyi temple on Charoen Krung and pay respect to the images of the Chinese Gods. Many people have their fortune told using kau cim or chien tung sticks which are shaken from a bamboo case and the first stick to fall out relates to a certain fortune. You can find out if the Year of the Rooster will be a lucky one for you.
Thailand’s Chinese New Year 2017
- WHEN:28 January 2017 all-day
- CONTACT:TAT 1672