CHIANG MAI SPECIAL EVENTS
CHIANG MAI SPECIAL EVENTS listed below
BOSANG UMBRELLA FESTIVAL
Held at the Bo Sang Handicraft Centre, the festival features pa- per products, particularly painted paper parasols, cultural shows, beauty contests and a parade showing traditional ways of life.
CHIANG MAI FLOWER FESTIVAL
This 3-day event, held on the first Friday and weekend of Febru- ary, coincides with the blossoming of Chiang Mai’s temperateand tropical flowers. Festivities include a parade of floral floats, ornamental garden flower contests, beauty pageants, music anddancing. The parade begins at Chiang Mai Railway Station, passes over Nawarat Bridge and ends at Nong Buak Hat Park.
SONGKRAN FESTIVAL (THAI NEW YEAR)
The Thai New Year is celebrated with particular gusto in Chiang Mai. Among the events are a parade of the revered Phra Phut- thasihing Buddha image around Chiang Mai town for ritual bathing, sand pagoda-making, blessing of elders, and water splashing.
DOI SUTHEP PILGRIMAGE
The Buddhist festival of Visakha Puja is celebrated with a can- dlelit procession to the temple on Doi Suthep.
YI PENG FESTIVAL
Late October / Early November (THIS YEAR 2018 ON 22-23 NOVEMBER )
Coinciding with the Loi Krathong Festival on the full-moon night of the 12th lunar month, the event features the release oflanterns into the sky to worship the gods. There are also fire- works, lantern contests, and beauty pageants.