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Events in Soi 5 & 6
|31 December- 1 January||
New Year. Originally not a Thai event but all Guesthouses, Hotel and Shop owners will celebrate this event. On the car park from Jomtien Thani Hotel is a huge stage with live music, dance and firework. However this is only for hotel guest but you can enjoy it from other venues in Soi 5 and 6.
Chinese new year or Spring Festival or the Lunar New Year is the most important of the traditional Chinese holidays. It is an important holiday in East Asia. The festival proper begins on the first day of the first lunar month in the Chinese calendar and ends on the 15th; This day is called the Lantern festival.
In Thailand, and other countries with significant Chinese populations, Chinese New Year is also celebrated, largely by overseas Chinese, but it is not part of the traditional culture of these countries. In Thailand, for example, the true New Year celebration of the ethnic Thais is Songkran, which is totally different and is celebrated in April.
|13-19 April||Song Kran water festival.
Thai New Year
The Thai New Year (Thai: สงกรานต์ Songkran) is celebrated every year on 13 April to 15 April. But in Pattaya they celebrate it till the 19 April. The most obvious celebration of Songkran is the throwing of water. People roam the streets with containers of water or water guns, or post themselves at the side of roads with a garden hose and drench each other and passersby. This, however, was not always the main activity of this festival. Songkran was traditionally a time to visit and pay respects to elders, including family members, friends and neighbors.
Besides the throwing of water, people celebrating Songkran may also go to a wat (Buddhist monastery) to pray and give food to monks. They may also cleanse Buddha images from household shrines as well as Buddha images at monasteries by gently pouring water mixed with a Thai fragrance (น้ำอบไทย) over them. It is believed that doing this will bring good luck and prosperity for the New Year. In many cities, such as Chiang Mai, the Buddha images from all of the city's important monasteries are paraded through the streets so that people can toss water at them, ritually 'bathing' the images, as they pass by on ornately decorated floats. In northern Thailand, people may carry handfuls of sand to their neighborhood monastery in order to recompense the dirt that they have carried away on their feet during the rest of the year. The sand is then sculpted into stupa-shaped piles and decorated with colorful flags.
In Soi 5 they celebrate it all days but as high light on the 19th of April. The street is full with people, thai and foreigner, throwing with water. If you like or not, you will get soaked.
Loy Krathong (or Loi Kratong, Thai ลอยกระทง) is a festival celebrated annually throughout Thailand. It is held on the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar, in the western calendar this usually falls into November.
“Loi” means “to float”. “Krathong” is a raft about a handspan in diameter traditionally made from a section of banana tree trunk (although modern-day versions often use styrofoam), decorated with elaborately-folded banana leaves, flowers, candles, incense sticks etc. During the night of the full moon, many people will release a small raft like this on a river. Governmental offices, corporations and other organizations also build much bigger and more elaborate rafts, and these are often judged in contests. In addition, fireworks and beauty contests take place during the festival.
In Soi 5 you can enjoy at daytime the making of the kratongs and ladies in traditional clothing but the most spectacle is the evening time when the Thais bringing their kratongs to the sea.
Christmas. Originally not a Thai event but all Guesthouses, Hotel and Shop owners will celebrate this event. On christmas eve there is on the car park from Jomtien Thani Hotel is a huge stage with live music, dance and firework. However this is only for hotel guest but you can enjoy it from other venues in soi 5 and 6.
|Every Sunday||Sunday night live jamming sessions in the Bristol Music Bar. This small bar is a nice quiet bar during the week but comes alive on Sundays when they raise big money for kids born with HIV/AIDS in conjunction with The Camellian Society. Starts at 19.00 till late.