Phra Mae Ya Homage Paying Fair and Sukhothai Red Cross Fair This is held at the
beginning of February every year around the Sukhothai City Hall, Nirakasem Road,
Tambon Thani. A procession paying homage to Phra Mae Ya, a local sports competition,
an exhibition, a local handicraft demonstration and entertainment, are held.
Si Satchanalai Elephant Back Ordination Procession A traditional ceremony of the
Thai Phuan, citizens of Ban Hat Siao, Si Satchanalai Elephant Back Ordination Procession
or Buat Chang is held annually during 7th. To 8th. April at Ban Hat Siao, Amphoe
Si Satchanalai. The 7th is the crux of the event, when a procession takes place.
On the 8th features a spectacular procession of ordination candidates in colourful
costumes on the backs of some 20-30 decorated elephants. The ordination ceremony
includes head shaving, bathing, and dressing up candidates, as well as, elephants.
The procession is held around the village and the Si Satchanalai District Office.
Songkran and Mueang Sawankhalok Festival This takes place during 11th. To 15th. April
annually on the bank of the Yom River, in front of Wat Sawang Arom, by the Yom River,
and at the Stadium of the Sawankhalok Municipal School. The procession of Miss Songkran,
the Sawankhalok Food Festival, ceremonies of giving alms to monks and bathing rituals
for Buddha images and monks are performed in the festival.
Songkran Festival An annual celebration of the Thai New Year is held during 12th.
to 13th. April at Si Satchanalai Historical Park, Amphoe Si Satchanalai; this festival
carries forward Sukhothai’s tradition. It was mentioned in the famous stone inscription
The Sukhothai people are generous, abide by precepts, and always give charity, which
is believed to be inscribed during the reign of King Ramkhamhaeng the Great of the
Sukhothai Kingdom. The highlights of the event includes the elephant procession,
offering rituals to pay respect to Phra Suea Mueang, the tutelary spirit and kings
from the Phra Ruang Dynasty, Miss Songkran beauty queen contest, local sport competitions,
and cultural performances.
Hae Nam Khuen Hong Festival. This is organized annually during 18th. To 19th. April
at the plaza of Chaopho Mueang Dong Monument, Tambon Ban Tuek, Amphoe Si Satchanalai.
The ceremony is held to honour Muen Nakhon or Chaopho Mueang Dong, the person that
established Dong City. He was talented and courageous, as well as specialized in
catching elephants and utilising them in war. Later, he was executed to prove his
loyalty to King Tilokkarat. Then, the villagers organized a ceremony to pay homage
to Chaopho Mueang Dong by preparing a more than 50 elephant parade wonderfully decorated,
passing the village to pay respect to the shrine of Chaopho Khao Mung and onward
to the plaza of Chaopho Mueang Dong Monument to pay homage to Chaopho Mueang Dong.
Khao Luang Winning Day This is a yearly event that Sukhothai province has organized
for tourists and the local people to climb up to the summit of Khao Luang in the
Ramkhamhaeng National Park, Amphoe Khiri Mat. The event is held around November every