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Enter the Dragon

January 23, 2012

The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will commemorate the 37th anniversary of Thai-Chinese diplomatic ties until Jan 29, with colourful Chinese New Year festivities organised in Bangkok and 10 provinces nationwide.


A golden dragon dance as part of the Chinese New Year celebrations in Nakhon Sawan, or Pak Nam Pho.

In collaboration with Beijing, various Thai-Chinese associations, as well as state agencies and private firms, the celebrations will take place in Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Nakhon Sawan, Suphan Buri, Ratchaburi, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Chon Buri, Nakhon Ratchasima, Songkhla, Phuket, and Trang.

The Bangkok Chinatown Festival 2012 will be held on Jan 23 and 24 in Yaowarat. HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will preside over the opening ceremony on Jan 23 at Chalermphrakiat Gate, Odeon Circle, Yaowarat Road. Two cultural shows, one presented by Thais and the other hosted by China’s Ministry of Culture, will be performed, followed by a one-and-a-half-hour Yaowarat Cultural Showcase.

“Bangkok Chinatown Festival 2012 will be the best Chinese New Year celebration in Thailand as it will combine the best entertainment, performances, delicious food and rare auspicious presents. With cooperation from the public and private sectors, the annual event has become one of Bangkok’s, as well as Thailand’s, most renowned festivals to the international community,” said Bangkok Governor MR Sukhumbhand Paribatra.

In Suphan Buri, celebrations will take place from Jan 23-29 at the Museum of the Descendants of the Dragon.

Following the grand opening, there will be cultural presentations from China, including Kuan Yin, the goddess of mercy and compassion equipped with a thousand arms, Chinese acrobatic performances, light and pyrotechnics show and Heavenly Glowing Dragon display, as well as folk music.

In Ayutthaya, the festival will take place from Jan 24-29 on a stretch of road along Naresuan Road, from Chao Phrom Market to Chao Ai Chao Yi Chedi. Highlights will include a Dragon Contest, Chinese teng leng lantern displays, Young Miss Chinese Contest, the Best of Ayutthaya Food Festival, and the Chinese Food Eating Contest.

In Ratchaburi, celebrations will take place from Sun, Jan 22-26 in front of the Ratchaburi National Museum. Highlights will include kung fu from Beijing, a Chinatown procession, water screen, fireworks display, plus beauty and talent contests.

In Nakhon Sawan province, also known as Pak Nam Pho, the ongoing celebrations citywide will last until Jan 27. Folk dances from Xinji in China’s Hebei province will be performed on Jan 24-26. To seek blessings for the Year of the Dragon, local people pay respects to Chao Pho and Chao Mae Pak Nam Pho, the guardian spirits of Nakhon Sawan. All are welcome to join the merit-making activities at Lan Bun Thepachao, the Garden of Chinese Deities.

In the northern province of Chiang Mai, celebrations will take place during Jan 23-24 at Lao Chow Lane. The Chinese National Opera will perform on Jan 24 where there will also be the Golden Dragon and Golden Lion Procession, as well as a cultural parade by the ethnic Chinese Tai Seua tribe.

In the South, the Phuket Chinese New Year Festival 2012 will be held from Jan 28-30 at Phuket Old Town on Klang, Thalang and Thepkasatri roads. Highlights will include a procession in honour of HM the King, a Baba Yaya Peranakan procession, a Portuguese-style stage play, local cultural shows, as well as local residents’ observing traditions and paying homage to Kuan Yin _ the goddess of compassion and mercy _ along with other Chinese deities and guardian spirits.

In Songkhla’s Hat Yai district, celebrations will be held from tomorrow to Jan 25 at the Srinakhorn Foundation School. Highlights will include a ceremony in honour of HM the King, a Chinese acrobatic show from Kansu province in China, fireworks display and light-and-sound shows, the Silver Dragon, Golden Dragon and Lion Dance shows from Nakhon Sawan, concerts, beauty and singing contests, plus merit-making activities and seeking blessings from nine sacred gods.

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