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Chiang Mai Songkran Festival, the Best-Known Songkran Celebrations in the Whole of Thailand

in Festivals Calendar on 26/03/2019

Chiang Mai Songkran Festival 2019

‘ Telling the story of the Lanna culture while celebrating the auspicious new year with safety and without alcohol ’
April 1 – April 16

The best-known Songkran celebrations in the whole of Thailand take place in the northern city of Chiang Mai, and this year Chiang Mai Songkran Festival 2019, during 1-16 April, will be focusing on “telling the story of the Lanna culture while celebrating the auspicious new year with safety and without alcohol.”

In Chiang Mai, Songkran is often called Paweni Pi Mai Muang. Here you’ll find a wonderful balance of water-based fun and sacred ceremonies that show the religious importance of this festival to the Lanna people. Highlights include the procession of Chiang Mai’s prominent Phra Buddha Sihing image as well as bathing the image, and taking part in a parade bringing sand and Sali (the Bodhi tree) clutches to temples, cultural events and performances.

Schedule of Chiang Mai Songkran Festival 2019 :

  1. Bathing Rite of Setangkhamanee Bhuddha Image and Folk Art Performance
    April 1 – 3 at 09:00 – 23:00 at Chiang Man Temple
  1. Poy Sang Long, Bhuddha Image Bathing Rite, Sand Pile Building
    April 4 – 6 at 09:00 – 22:00 at Pa Pao Temple
  1. Bathing Rite of Phra Sapphanyu Chao Detmuang
    April 7 – 9 at 09:00 – 22:00 at Chiang Yuen Temple
  1. Tracing Pee Mai Muang Tradition, Bathing Ritual for Buddha Image, Making of Lanna Flags
    April 7 – 16 at 06:00 – 20:00 at Lok Mo Lee Temple
  1. Lanna Flags Decoration
    April 9 – 15 at All Day at Around Four Moats
  1. Sand Pile Building, Buddha Image Bath Rite, New Blessing Rite, Local Folk Arts Performances
    April 10 – 15 at 08:00 – 21:00 at Jed Lin Temple
  1. Celebration Ceremony of Phra Singha Bhuddha Image, Kad Mua (Local Market), Thai Folk Singing Contest, Local Art and Cultural Performances
    April 11 – 15 at 08:00 – 24:00 at Phra Sing Temple
  1. Worshipping Ceremony for Three Kings Monument and Worshiping Phraya Meng Rai
    April 11 – 12 April at All day at Three Kings Monument
  1. Bathing Rite of Jom Sri Puri Nam Nang Rua and the Salutation Ceremony to San Swae Buddha Image
    April 11 – 16 at 09:00 – 22:00 at Yang Kuang Temple
  1. Alms-Giving Ceremony in the Celebration of 723rd Anniversary of the establishment of the Chiang Mai City
    April 12 at 06:00 – 08:00 at Three Kings Monument
  1. Salutation and Worship Ceremony to the Head of Kabillaphrom (God of Songkran)
    April 12 at 10:09 – 11:39 at Chiang Mai Municipality
  1. Bathing Rite for Buddha’s Relic
    April 12 – 15 at 09:00 – 22:00 at Pan On Temple
  1. Alms-Giving Ceremony for Pee Mai Muang (Songkran) Festival 2019
    April 13 at 06:00 – 08:00 at Tha Pae Gate
  1. Opening Ceremony for Pee Mai Muang (Songkran) Festival 2019
    April 13 at 08:09 – 08:39 at Tha Pae Gate
  1. Invitation Rite for the Transportation of Phra Buddha Sihing
    April 13 at 09:09 – 09:39 at Phra Sing Temple
  1. Cycling Parade of the Women Ride Bicycle Hold Umbrella Contest
    April 13 at 07:00 – 12:00 at Tha Pae Gate
  1. Lanna Traditional Devotion Ornaments Contest
    April 13 at 07:00 – 11:30 at Tha Pae Gate
  1. Invitation Rite of Phra Buddha Sihing and Important Buddha Images Procession
    April 13 at 13:30 – 18:00 at Sanpakhoi Intersection to Phra Sing Temple
  1. Miss & Mister Songkran Contest
    April 13 – 14 at 19:00 – 24:00 at Tha Pae Gate
  1. Lanna Handicraft Demonstration Booths & Free Workshop by TAT Chiang Mai Office
    April 13 – 15 at 13:00 – 18:00 at Tha Pae Gate
  1. Tracing Lanna Culture
    – Cultural open space for Temple Fair, Local Market, Wisdom Art Performances, Theatre Knowledge, Cultural Art Performance
    April 14 – 15 at 17:00 – 22:00 at Three Kings Monument
    – Light & Sound Presentation : Telling the Story of Songkran Festival
    April 14 – 15 at 17:00 – 22:00 at Lanna Folklife Museum
    – Exhibition of Songkran Festival
    April 14 – 15 at 17:00 – 22:00 at Lanna Folklife Museum
  1. Songkran Kids Contest
    April 15 at 19:00 – 23:00 at Tha Pae Gate
  1. Alcohol-Free Activities by Health Promotion Foundation
    April 13 – 15 at 09:00-18:00 at Town Area
  1. Lanna Cultural open space for Pee Mai Muang
    April 13 – 16 at 13:00 – 18:00 at Bhuddhasatharn
  1. Procession of Holy Bodhi Tree Supportive Wood and Sand offering to Temple
    April 14 at 13:30 – 17:00 at Iron Bridge to Temples
  1. Procession of the Salutation Ornaments for the Governor of Chiang Mai
    April 15 at 13:30 – 18:00 at Klangwiang Intersection Governor’s Resident

For more information, contact TAT Chiang Mai Office at 053-248-604-5, TAT Call Center at 1672, or visit TAT Chiang Mai.

Text Credit : Tourism Authority of Thailand Newsroom
Photo Credit : TAT Chiang Mai Office