Thai festivals you shouldn't miss! Most festivals depend on the lunar calendar, so the date varies from year to year. Verify the right dates with for example the Tourism Authority of Thailand.
Royal Ploughing Ceremony (วันพระราชพิธีพืชมงคลจรดพระนังคัลแรกนาขวัญ)
The Royal Ploughing Ceremony is an ancient Brahman ritual that is held each year just before the start of the rainy season. The ceremony is presided by HM the King or a family member, who will bless the rice before it is used in the ceremony. A procession of officials in ceremonial dress and ploughing white oxen will sow the rice as a symbol for the new rice-planting reason. After the ceremony the public is invited to dig up the rice and take it home, where it will bring an abundant harvest and/or good luck. Those who don't want to get their hands dirty can buy some rice afterwards from small (and fast) traders. One of the oxen will be given a choice of 7 types of food and drinks (water, rice, corn, alcohol, grass, beans and sesame seeds). The one it selects will determine how rich the crop is going to be the coming year. [May, Bangkok, Sanam Luang] More photos • Video