WATCH: Events This Upcoming Weekend – Jan 1-3, 2016 – around Thailand
Welcome you to this episode of iTravel Updates, the show that highlights exciting New Year’s Countdown 2016 in Thailand and around the region.
CentralWorld Bangkok Countdown 2016
We hope you had a festive holiday and with that out of the way, it’s time to get ready for the new years countdown. One of the largest and most famous in Bangkok is the Countdown at Central World Bangkok the evening of December 31st into the 1st. As the new year approaches experience lights, sounds, and live performances at Central World Square. Enjoy a few drinks at the beer garden, watch other nations ring in the new years on large screen TV’s and celebrate the new year as the clock hits midnight.
Pattaya Countdown 2016
Down in Pattaya there’s another huge New Year’s Countdown at Bali Hai Pier. Sample delicious foods from across Thailand, enjoy some drinks, and take in concerts by well known Thai artists and celebrities.
Clap the Gong New Year’s Countdown 2016
New Years celebrations, countdown’s and fireworks will take place across all of Asia including Thailand. Make your plans now if you already haven’t! So what’s your new years resolution? How about bringing in the new year Thai style? At Buddhist temples across Bangkok, welcome in the New Year with praying and meditation while joining the clap the Gong for welcoming in the New Year.
Over 50 temples participate, including Wat Thep Lila from Bang Kapi district, Wat Phra Sri Mahathat from Bang Khean district, Wat Sraket Ratcha Woramahawihan from Pom Prab Satru Pai district, Wat Rachatiwat Ratcha Worawihan from Dusit district, at Phra Chetupol Wimol Mangkalaram Ratcha Woramahawihan from Phra Nakhon district, Wat Mahathat Yuwaratcharangsarit from Phra Nakhon district, Wat Tri Mitre Wittayaram Worawihan from Samphanthawong district and Wat Yannawa from Sathon district etc. If you’re looking for a unique experience while visiting Thailand, pick a temple and check it out!
Winter Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand
Up in Chiang Mai is the Red Cross Fair and Winter Festival. The Festival starts December 30th and runs through the 12th of January. Check out agricultural exhibitions from local farmers, the beauty queen contest, lots of music, and shop until you drop for low cost goods. Be sure to check out the arts, local shows, and concerts which also take place during the festival.
Oji Kitsune-no-gyorestu Fox Parade in Tokyo, Japan
Finally, if you can make it up to Tokyo, you’ll find many New Year celebrations. Of particular interest, according to legend Fox’s gathered from across Japan under a large tree and disguised themselves in human costume to visit Oji Inari-jinja Shrine. In 1993 the legend was honored which led to the first first Oji Kitsune-no-gyorestu Fox Parade. It’s become an annual event integrating old culture into new communities. Watch (or participate) as Shrine goers hold laterns representing the light of life and hope while wishing for sound growth and happiness of children.
The iTravel Channel TV Media Network family wishes you a safe and happy new years!
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