September marks the border between the end of the rainy season and the beginning of the winter season. Are you ready to pack your bags and go out to experience cultural events and local community lifestyle? Let’s start our discovery in the southern region, a unique region rich in history.
The “Tenth Lunar Month Merit-Making Festival”, also known as the “Sart Thai Festival”, is a grand and very well known religious event that takes place in Nakhon Si Thammarat. The event originates from Buddhism and Brahminism. People make merit for their ancestors to show their gratitude. During the event, people wear traditional clothes and participate in a procession full of beautiful flowers and desserts with a positive meaning. Other activities in the event include local cultural shows that represent local communities’ identity and harmony. It could be said that this event is representative of Nakhon Si Thammarat people and they are very proud of it.
Not far from Nakhon Si Thammarat, another unique cultural event called the “Moon Festival” takes place in Trang. The Moon Festival is a cultural event that Chinese-Thai people have been practising for many years. Included in the event are a moon-cake-worshipping ceremony, food vendors, goods shops, and other activities that help tourists learn about the origin of the festival. The star of the Moon Festival is obviously moon cakes. Not only do they represent good fortune, but they are also tasty! Another famous festival in Trang is the “Trang Grilled Pork Festival”. This festival is deeply rooted in the history of the immigration of Chinese-Thai people in Trang. At the festival tourists can visit many vendors selling the famous Trang grilled pork, watch a fancy procession, and buy local products. Not only are visitors’ stomachs full of tasty food, but their hearts are also full of happiness.