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NEW YEAR'S EVE

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The New Year's Eve (วันสิ้นปี) and the 1st January (วันขื้นปีใหม่) are public holidays in Thailand. It is the occasion for religious and festive events.

New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve
New Year Eve can be celebrated via many ways in Thailand. Some drink and party. Some choose a spiritual way.
New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve
Some Buddhist temples organize sessions from 31 December afternoon to 01 January early morning to listen to monks' dharma speech.
New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve
At 12.15AM there is even floating lanterns (ลอยโคมไฟ) launched into the sky to symbolize the bad sins of last year going away.

The 3 days before and afer New Year's Eve are considered as Seven dangerous days. Many Thai people go back to their home in Thai provinces. Many people party and drink so it causes many casualties due alcohol abuses. Most of the areas with dead are in Surin, Sri Saket, Khon Kaen and Chiang Mai. People are drunk and drive without helmet despite being a mandatory law.

New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve
Thai people wear white clothes. No food is allowed during the long night. Only hot drinks such as cafe or ovaltine.

Many Thai people also organize evening feasts for New Year's Eve. Often Thai people go from one feast to another. At midnight and during the following days, everybody greets each other with the saying "SAWATDEE PI MAI" (สวัสดีปีใหม่), i.e. Happy New Year!

New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve
Most of the people arrive at nighttime but some already gather during the afternoon.
New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve
The ceremony called บวชชีพรามณ์ happens around the Buddhist temple's main chapel. One thousand people joined.
New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve
This ceremony is called Buat Chee Phram (บวชชีพรามณ์). People are wearing white clothes.


New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve


New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve
Buat Chee Phram (บวชชีพรามณ์) is an impressive event gathering hundreds of people around the Buddhist temple's main chapel.
New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve
People get good deeds by such action (ได้บุญด้วย) and release inner strength (ได้ออกกำลัง).
New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve
The Buddha statue is in the background, then the monks are praying in front of it. The laymen and laywomen are in the foreground.
New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve
On New Year's Eve here in Wat Don Khanak and many other places in Thailand, local people come to listen to Buddhist prayers.
New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve
Some cars have even some sacred white threads linked to the Buddhist temple so that the cars can also receive some blessings and avoid accidents in the coming year.
New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve
Other Buddhist temples organize lustral water bathing at midnight (กระถางน้ำมนต์).
New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve
Thai people will arrive only around 11 PM to listen to monks' Dharma sermon.


New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve
HAPPY NEW YEAR (สวัสดีปีใหม่) 2555 / 2012 from Nakhon Pathom. In every area, local district officers gives their New Year blessings through big advertisement panels.
New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve
HAPPY NEW YEAR (สวัสดีปีใหม่) 2556 / 2013 from Nakhon Pathom. In every area, local district officers gives their New Year blessings through big advertisement panels.
New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve
Typical gifts for New Year include bank notes and also healthy drinks such as chicken broth.
New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve
Other typical gifts offered for New Year best wishes are religious gifts. Big malls such as Big C offer an impressive choice.
New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve
For New Year's eve, there is often family gathering and diner at home. Local small fireworks or firecrackers are launched by kids to celebrate the event.

Barbecued pork (หมูกะทะ) is also prepared. Delicious and simple dishes are done in Thailand Central Plains villages.

New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve
Steamed chicken is prepared thanks to a strong fire.
New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve includes neighbours gathering and often features karaoke sessions.
New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve
Empty streets along Victory monument on 01st January in Bangkok. Traffic jams are back now.
New Year's Eve
New Year's Eve
HAPPY NEW YEAR (สวัสดีปีใหม่) 2556 / 2013 from Nakhon Pathom. In every area, local district officers gives their New Year blessings through big advertisement banners.



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