With more than 10% of the population descendants of ethnic Chinese and the
ever-present influence of the big country to the north, it�s no surprise
that the Chinese lunar new year is a big deal in Thailand.
New Year Celebrations are so important to the Chinese people that they may
take weeks of holiday from work just to make preparations for the Chinese
New Year Celebrations. Chinese New Year Celebrations begin with the New Moon
on the first day of the New Year and comes to an end after 15 days on the
full moon 15th day.
The 15th day of the New Year is popularly referred to as the Lantern
Festival and it is celebrated with great pomp at full moon night with
magnificent lantern displays and children carrying beautiful lanterns in an
During the Chinese New Year Celebrations, people generally wear red clothes,
write poems on red paper, and give children "lucky money" in red envelopes
as according to Chinese legend, red symbolizes fire which can drive away bad
Chinese New Year Celebrations is the perfect time for family reunion and
members of the family not only decorate their homes with blossoming plants
and flowers but also gather at each others place to share meals and
festivities. All traditional Chinese households are adorned with live
blooming plants as they symbolize reincarnation and new growth and flowers
symbolize wealth and prosperity in one�s career.
On the preceding days of the Chinese New Year Celebrations, the Chinese
families adorn their living rooms
with vases of attractive blossoms, tray of oranges and tangerines and a
candy dish with eight varieties of dried sweet fruit. Chinese New Year
Celebrations comes to gracious end on the fifteenth day of the month with
the lantern festival.
Ethnic Chinese celebrate by paying respects to their
ancestors. In cities and towns all over the country, people put together
traditional offering ceremonies, where elaborate feasts are prepared and
laid out as a gift to the spirits. People also offer symbolic gifts to their
ancestors. If you walk the streets in the run up to the New Year, you�ll see
vendors selling paper telephones, paper money, and even paper whiskey
bottles! People buy these paper items and burn them as offerings, too.
In addition to these ceremonies, there�s plenty of fun and celebration to be
had during Chinese New Year in Thailand. Bangkok�s Chinatown has the
country�s biggest celebration, but in the week surrounding the actual New
Year, there are big celebrations in Ayyuthaya, Pattaya, Chiang Mai, Phuket
and other cities. These celebrations typically include parades, live music
and dance performances, and fireworks at night. If you happen to be in
Thailand during Chinese New Year, it�s a celebration not to be missed.