Local Culture and Events and Festivals around Ayutthaya
Ayutthaya, due to its history as a previous capital of Thailand, the former base
of Thai Buddhism and home to tens of kings; it is soaked in original Central Thai
Culture. Ayutthaya’s current palaces though, due to King Rama V close connection
with Europe, do have a distinctive European cultural influence. Ayutthaya was the
first destination of any foreigner coming to Siam way back in the days of the Kingdom
of Ayutthaya. It was also the location of the first treaties ever signed between
powerful European nations and Siam. The people of Ayutthaya are certainly proud of
their heritage; a place of beautiful temples, palaces and art. Besides royals, royal
sub ordinates and monks, the people of Ayutthaya were originally farmers who worked
in the fields.
Events and Festivals
Bang Sai Arts and Crafts Centre Fair Held annually toward the end of January at
Bang Sai Arts and Crafts Centre, the fair features displays and contests of the arts
and crafts products, sales of local products and cultural performances.
Songkran Festival Held annually on 13 April in front of Wihan Phra Mongkhon Bophit,
Amphoe Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, it features a traditional procession, Thoet Thoeng
drums procession, Song Nam Phra ceremony of the miniature of Phra Mongkhon Bophit
image, and Nang Songkran beauty contest.
Wai Khru Bucha Tao Ceremony Around April – May. A wai khru ceremony held by blacksmiths
and knife-makers of Aranyik knives at Ban Ton Pho, Ban Phai Nong and Ban Salai, Tambon
Tha Chang, Amphoe Nakhon Luang to pay salute to their masters and forge spirits.
The ceremony is usually held on an early Thursday morning which may be the 7th, 9th,
etc. day of the waxing moon of the 5th lunar month (around April – May) in order
to express gratitude to their masters, sweep away possible accidents during their
works as well as for their own auspiciousness and prosperity. After chanting for
a congregation of angels and saluting the Triple Gem, the master of the ceremony
will chant for a congregation of gods which include Siva, Vishnu, Brahma, Vishnukarma,
Matuli, Vaya, Gangga, 8 ascetics, etc. as well as Thai, Lao, Mon, and Chinese masters
who have imparted them with the ironwork skills, for them to receive their offerings
and bless all participants. All tools and equipment will be gilded and lustral water
made to sprinkle on the tools and participants.
Bang Sai Loi Krathong and Traditional Long Boat Races It is an annual festival held
toward the end of November at the Bang Sai Arts and Crafts Centre, Amphoe Bang Sai.
Activities include Nang Nopphamat beauty contest, contests of processions, Krathongs,
and hanging lanterns, folk entertainment, traditional and international long boat
races, and sales of the Centre’s products.
Ayutthaya World Heritage Fair To commemorate the occasion of the Ayutthaya Historical
Park being declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO on 13 December, 1991, a celebration
is held annually for 1 week during the same period of the year. The Fair features
local ways of life, handicrafts, Thai traditions and culture as well as the light
and sound presentation on the history of the Kingdom of Ayutthaya.