tradition

  • Thailand News

    Phetchabun honours local deity with ancient ritual

    Amidst the ancient traditions of Phetchabun, the community gathered yesterday for the time-honoured ritual in honour of the local deity, Chao Pho Chaiyaburi. This ceremony, deeply rooted in the cultural fabric of Ban Nong Nari, is believed to bring prosperity and protection to the village. Residents of the historic Nong Nari village in the Sadiang subdistrict have long held the…

  • Thailand News

    Phetchabun’s fruit merit-making ceremony blends tradition with luck

    In a vibrant display of faith and tradition, residents of Phetchabun province gathered to partake in the Fruit Merit-Making Lottery a revered event at Wat Ban Wang Sai Thong. The ceremony, which took place yesterday, is steeped in cultural significance, offering blessings to ancestors and bringing good fortune to participants’ lives. Amid the religious proceedings, attendees eagerly sought auspicious numbers…

  • Events

    The Story of Songkran – All about the Thai New Year

    Songkran, or the Thai New Year, is the the largest and most famous of Thailand’s many traditional festivals. Known for huge water fights and water blessing ceremonies, it’s been celebrated for centuries and is rich in culture and tradition. Every year, the celebrations begin on April 13 and normally last three days until the 15th of April. The name was…

  • Thailand Travel

    How to spend your Songkran at Hua Hin 2024

    Are you looking for your ideal getaway for the upcoming Songkran Holidays? Do you fancy an escape to the beach? Hua Hin is a fantastic destination to visit in Thailand to celebrate Songkran. It is the nearest beach to Bangkok, only 3-4 hours drive away. So, save yourself some valuable time and travel expenses. Hua Hin is also a popular…

  • Lifestyle

    Traditional Thai textiles: A journey through time and quality

    Traditional Thai textiles are a testament to Thailand’s rich cultural heritage, weaving together centuries of history, art, and craftsmanship. These textiles are more than just fabric; they’re a vibrant expression of Thai identity, embodying the spirit and skill of the artisans who create them. From the intricate patterns of the Northern hill tribes to the royal elegance curated by Her…

  • Lifestyle

    Embracing wellness: A guide to fitness opportunities in Thailand

    In recent years, Thailand has witnessed a remarkable shift towards health and fitness. This beautiful country, known for its vibrant culture and breathtaking landscapes, is now becoming a hotspot for fitness enthusiasts. From traditional practices to modern workouts, the fitness scene in Thailand is as diverse as its people. Let’s delve into the latest fitness trends that are shaping the…

  • World News

    Vietnamese village brings incense stick tradition to social media

    In the quaint Incense Village of Quang Phu Cau, nestled in the northern part of Vietnam, a vibrant transformation is underway. Dang Thi Hoa, a seasoned artisan with three decades of incense stick craftsmanship, finds herself not just steeped in tradition but riding the wave of Instagram fervour. Lunar New Year, locally known as Tet, has taken on a whole…

  • Thailand News

    Thai woman challenges traditional roles with refusal to iron husband’s clothes

    A Thai woman has taken to an online forum to vent about her mother-in-law’s nagging over her refusal to iron her husband’s clothes. The woman, who works away from home and returns only on weekends, argues that her husband should be able to iron his clothes. The woman revealed that she lives with her husband’s family but works and resides…

  • China News

    Traditional customs debate: Man seeks suitor online for older sister

    The traditional custom of an elder sibling needing to marry before the younger one has led a 28 year old man to launch an online search for a suitor for his 35 year old unmarried sister. The 28 year old man found himself facing a predicament shared by many in families that adhere to traditional customs, particularly the belief that…

  • Phuket News

    Urak Lawoi sea gypsies celebrate traditional Loy Reua festival in Phuket

    Sweeping waves gently nudged a hand-carved boat off the coast of Koh Siray, east of Phuket Town, marking the culmination of the week-long Loy Reua festival. Celebrated by the Urak Lawoi sea gipsies, the festival is a time-honoured tradition where a boat, brimming with offerings, is set adrift as an offering to the spirit of the sea in hopes of…

  • Pattaya News

    Buddhist Lent aka Ok Phansa Festival celebrations end October 30

    The Ok Phansa Festival, a significant event marking the culmination of the Buddhist Lent, is celebrated with great fervour across Thailand today. This time of festivity and merit-making is observed in different styles and on various dates, depending on the regions and their unique traditions. From October 20 to 30, the Mekong River in the Mueang District will be the…

  • Thailand News

    Knight’s Ring tradition reinstated by Thai Police to honour commendable officers

    The tradition of awarding the “Knight’s Ring” to commendable officers has been reinstated by the new chief of national police, Police General Torsak Sukvimol. The ceremony, which took place at the Royal Police Cadet Academy in Sam Phran district, Nakhon Pathom, on October 17, saw Police Captain Thanamorn Nunat of Pathumwan station being honoured with the first Knight’s Ring under…

  • Thailand News

    Bizarre wedding prank goes wrong as groom left in torn clothes

    Most weddings in the West are generally sedate, uneventful affairs, with toasts to the bride and groom while there are others which push the boundaries of tradition like one ceremony in China which resulted in torn trousers for the groom and revealing underwear that shocked guests outraged by tradition. In rural parts of China, certain long-standing wedding traditions continue to…

  • Thailand News

    Isaan tradition of scattering ashes banned at local river after 7 villages complain of debris

    The tradition of scattering a loved one’s ashes into a river in the Isaan province has been banned in a popular area for the ritual after locals reported that a service was arranging boat trips for families to dump not only the cremated remains into the river, but also ritual items and personal possessions of the deceased. Sometimes even mattresses…

  • Thailand News

    Rain giving phallus cracks under the elements

    The giant phallus that was erected on a road in accordance with an ancient rain making ceremony in Chachoengsao, a province in central Thailand, East of Bangkok is deteriorating due to sun and rain. The phallus is now showing deep, veiny cracks from the base of the structure, snaking up to the glans of the penis. The local villagers had…

  • Thailand Weather Updates

    Penis statue works as village sees rain after erection

    Laugh and make jokes if you must (we certainly did!) but yesterday’s report on the village that erected a giant penis to bring rain has a, erm, happy ending. We’ll give you one guess on what the weather is like in the Yothaka sub-district of Chachoengsao province this weekend. If you guessed that the penis statue and rain blessing ceremony…

  • Thai Life

    Happy Loy Krathong Phuket. Where to launch your krathong tonight

    Happy Loy Krathong Phuket. But this year authorities are saying ‘only floating Krathongs thanks’. No polystyrene, no steel pins – keep it natural and plant-based please. This year Loy Krathong in Thailand co-incides with the annual Halloween celebrations on October 31. Authorities are also urging people to choose, or make, their krathongs using natural materials only. The latest craze for…

  • Events

    ‘Bread’ krathongs are killing the fish

    First it was no polystyrene or steel pins. The push was for natural, sustainable ratings as Thais floated away their woes in the annual celebration. Now there is a new warning that the “natural” kratongs, made from bread and edible ingredients, are causing river pollution. Fish found in the river don’t eat bread and the ingredients have broken down before…

  • Things To Do

    Top 10 Things NOT to do in Thailand – the basics (2020)

    Thailand is a wonderful place, full of new adventures, exotic cultures and a surprise around every corner. You better believe it. Thailand is unique in the region with very little obvious western influence throughout its history and a proud culture that puts the needs of its people first, ahead of appeasing westerners. Most of this is a mystery to be…

  • Events

    Mah Songs parade through Phuket Town exciting tourists and locals

    PHOTOS: Phuket Hot News Today, the Sapam and Bangku Shrines started their Mah Song parade, also known as ‘Lew Geng’ around the the main city of Phuket, in Phuket Town on the island’s east coast. The parades in the annual vegetarian festival are are feature of the 10 day event and attract thousands of tourists to the island in increasing…