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Thai Culture and Traditions

The “Thai culture and traditions” section includes general information on a country with multiple cultural traits, such as art, music, dance, literature, religion, festivals, and cuisine, reflecting its long history and diverse ethnic groups.

Religion and celebration in Thailand

Thai celebrations are a rich and diverse aspect of Thai culture and can range from religious festivals to traditional celebrations of important life events. Some of the most popular Thai celebrations include:

  • Songkran: Thai New Year celebrated in April with water fights, traditional dances, and religious ceremonies.

  • Loy Krathong: A festival of lights celebrated in November with floating lanterns and candles in rivers and lakes.

  • Buddhist Holidays: Thai Buddhist holidays, such as Visakha Bucha and Asanha Bucha, commemorate important events in the life of the Buddha.

  • Chinese New Year: Celebrated by Thai Chinese communities with dragon and lion dances, feasts, and gift-giving.

  • Royal Ploughing Ceremony: A traditional agricultural festival to mark the start of the rice-planting season.

  • King’s Birthday: A national holiday to celebrate the king’s birthday, marked by military parades, concerts, and other festivities.

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Thai Gastronomy - traditional recipes

Thai gastronomy refers to the culinary traditions and practices of Thailand, characterized by the use of fresh herbs and spices, such as lemongrass, chili, and galangal, to create flavorful dishes. It is a fusion of various cultural influences, including Chinese, Indian, and Southeast Asian, resulting in a unique and diverse cuisine that is known for its balance of sweet, sour, salty, and spicy flavors. Popular Thai dishes include Tom Yum Soup, Pad Thai, Green Curry, and Massaman Curry.

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