Koh Samui Festivals & Events
Many of the holidays celebrated during the course of the year are Buddhist, but some other very important ones such as the Monarch's birthday, are not religious in origin. Except for the closing of government offices and institutions, and occasional one-day prohibitions on the sale of alcohol, these holidays will not affect leisure activities very much.
Buffalo Fight Festivals Unlike bullfights in Spain, bulls are fighting bulls in Koh Samui buffalo fights. On Samui Island, buffalo fights are held only on special occasions such as New Year’s Day and during Songkran, April 13 to 16. The animals are decorated with jazzy ribbons and gold painted leaves on their horns. Holy water is used to bless the bulls before the fights. On fight days, two rounds are organized, one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
Songkran (Thai New year)
On April 13-15 every year the streets of every town and village on the island are lined with giggling teenagers armed with an arsenal of water guns, buckets. barrels , dippers, hoses and all manner of delivery vehicle with which to launch their often icy-cold liquid missiles. This exciting festival has long time tradition of Thai ancestors due to the weather in April is the most hot in year round. Splashing water is the best way to decrease hot and made their grand child to be happy and cooperation.Moreover, this beautiful tradition could shows a very good unit of Thai society, almost of the members of family will back home to visit their relatives. At the mean time, is the time to live with their family and their real relaxing after their working almost whole year. In additions, during this time bring to The Family Day and it's the Thai New Year in Thailand.
Loy Krathong (Light festival) : have floats, will dazzle
Thailand's waterways rivers, klongs, even hotel swimming pools will be ablaze with dazing lights on the evening of Nov. 14, when the Kingdom celebrates "Loy Krathong" one of the year's most-awaited festivals.
"Loy" means to float, and "krathong" means a leaf cup. Kratong is decorate by many kinds of flowers, candles with light, incences to float in the canal, river,or sea after pray to get forgive from the God of river that sometime made dirty and thanks for give water to use.
This moniker seems apt as most floating objects you see during Loy Krathong nights are flowers formed like cups, if not artificial petals that look like cups in many angles.
It is a most colorful festival. In most areas where it is celebrated, you will see Thai women resplendent in colorful attire, hair festooned with flowers, and gaily-dressed men, also fully garbed, gather with floats in their hands wherever there's water.
by Tourism Authority of Thailand