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Wan Awk Phansa

Wan Awk Phansa

Wan Awk Phansa is an important festival for devout Thais as it marks the end of Lent and the start of a new season following the end of heavy rains.

The holiday is recognised as a public holiday in Thailand and is marked on the full moon day of the eleventh lunar month.

Wan Awk Phansa 2024, Buddhist Public Holiday Dates, Koh Samui

In signifying the end of the lent period for Buddhists, the festival highlights the importance of abstaining from meat, alcohol and smoking. On this day, the locals will make their way to the temples to make petitions and offerings.

The visit often involves returning to the temple of one’s birthplace. This is often accompanied by candlelit gatherings where the locals walk around the temple carrying a candle, a lotus bud and three incense sticks.

It is not uncommon to see boat processions carrying the Thai faithful. During the day, some places will hold boat races. As the day draws to a close, the boats will often transport flowers and candles, usually taking on a religious or patriotic theme.

As with major events in Koh Samui, Wan Awk Phansa draws large numbers of tourists to the Chaweng and Bophut. For this reason, accommodation becomes strained, albeit for a short time. It is advisable to make bookings in advance if you plan to attend this event.

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