|Festivals and events
Every year during January-March, Pilgrims form all
over Thailand make their journey to pay homage to the Buddha's footprint
on Kao Kitchakoot. This tradition has been practiced for many years
with the belief that this journey will teach patience and endurance,
because of the steep, rough and long route to the top of Kao Kitchakoot.
It is as well believed that it will bring a high merit to the pilgrim.
One of the rarest orchid species originates in the East of Thailand.
It is normally found in the forests of Chanthaburi and Trat. First
blooming, a bouquet of Luang Chanthabul turns into pale yellow and
gradually changes to the darker shade as time goes by. Its petal is
brittle and its skin glossily shines. The orchid season lasts 3 months
form January to March.
The Chanthaburi Orchid Festival is held every year in February
at Ratchamongkol Institute of Technology.
The Songkran celebration takes place mid April and
lasts about four days. This event is of course celebrated nation wide.
Songkran is without doubt the most popular of all Thai festivals and
rightly so. It marks the beginning of a new astrological year and
its exact dates are determined by the old lunar calendar of Siam.
While the festival has its roots in Buddhist heritage, the washing
of Buddha images, merit making, traditional family values and the
sprinkling of water in respect for elders, it is best known for the
fun and "sanuk" everyone gains from splashing copious quantities
of water on all who happen to pass by.
The Chanthaburi fruit festival is annually held in May
lasting one week at Chanthaburi Stadium and throughout the province.
Here is a fruit paradise offering fresh-picked tropical fruits from
the local orchards, such as Durian, Rambutan and Mangosteen to name
just a few. The festival has fruit quality contests, beauty pageants,
jewelry exhibits and a OTOP (One Tambon One Product) bazaar.
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