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Thai Festival | New Year’s Day | วันขึ้นปีใหม่

New Year | วันขึ้นปีใหม่ในประเทศไทยNew Year's Festival Thailand

It will be New Year’s Day soon. So we would like to say Happy New Year! It is the Festival to go home to meet family in their home provinces. To celebrate New Year’s Day, we bring you a short history of New Year’s Day in Thailand. In fact, there are many stories that you might not know about the Thai Festival of New Year’s Day.

The History of the New Year’s Day in Thailand

Originally Thai’s took New Year’s Day to be the waning days of the lunar month, which falls on the first evening of January as our New Year’s Day. Later on this was changed follow to the Brahman’s calendar. The Brahman state that this falls on the first full moon of the 5th month (April) as our New Year’s Day which matched with Songkran Day. So,  previously we regarded Songkran Day as Thai New Year’s Day.
Later we had to consider a change in the New Year once again. Recently this was changed to coincide with the 31st December – following the widely accepted Gregorian calendar. Why:

– It is not inconsistent with Buddhism in the day, month that we celebrate or make a merit in the New Year.
– Abolition of the belief of the Brahman within Thai Buddhism.
– To match with the international countries, using the 1st January as the New Year.

Activities on the New Year’s Day in Thailand

– Celebrate New Year with family
– Make a merit at the temple
– Send New Year’s Card or SMS to friends
– Wish everyone a Happy New Year

Very similar to Western Practices

Thai Vocabulary and Phrases for the New Year’s Day in Thailand

1. สุขสันต์วันปีใหม่ /sùk-sǎn wan bpii mài/
= Happy New Year!
2. สวัสดีปีใหม่ /sà-wàt-dii bpii mài/
= Hello New Year
3. คำอวยพรปีใหม่ /kam uai-pͻͻn bpii mài/
= Wishing for New Year
4. การ์ดปีใหม่ /gáat bpii mài/
= New Year’s Card
5. ขอให้มีความสุข /kͻ̌ͻ-hâi mii-kwaam-sùk/
= Wish you to be happy
6. ขอให้สุขภาพแข็งแรง /kͻ̌ͻ-hâi sùk-kà-pâap kԑ̌ng-rԑԑng/
= Wish you to be healthy
7. ขอให้ปีนี้เป็นปีที่ดี /kͻ̌ͻ-hâi bpii níi bpen bpii tîi dii/
= Wish you to have another good year
8. ขอให้ประสบความสำเร็จในหน้าที่การงาน
/kͻ̌ͻ-hâi bprà-sòp kwaam-sǎm-rèt nai nâa-tîi gaan-ngaan/
= Wish you to success in your job
9. ขอให้เริ่มต้นใหม่ในปีใหม่ๆ /kͻ̌ͻ-hâi rə̂əm-dtôn-mài nai bpii mài mài/
= Wish you to start new things in this coming New Year
10. ขอให้รวย /kͻ̌ͻ-hâi ruai/
= Wish you to be rich
11. ขอให้มีแฟนหล่อๆ /kͻ̌ͻ-hâi mii fԑԑn lͻ̀ͻ-lͻ̀ͻ/
= Wish you to have a handsome boyfriend
12. ขอให้มีแฟนสวยๆ /kͻ̌ͻ-hâi mii fԑԑn sǔai-sǔai/
= Wish you to have a beautiful girlfriend
13. ขอให้สมหวังดังใจทุกประการ /kͻ̌ͻ-hai sǒm-wǎng dang jai túk bprà-gaan/
= Wish you to have your hope fulfilled
14. ขอให้สิ่งไม่ดีไปกับปีเก่า /kͻ̌ͻ-hâi sìng mâi-dii bpai gàp bpii gào/
= Wish your bad things would be gone with the last year
15. ขอให้สมปรารถนา /kͻ̌ͻ-hâi sǒm bpràat-tà-nǎa/
= Wish you to have your wish fulfilled
16. ขอให้ไม่มีความทุกข์ /kͻ̌ͻ-hâi mâi mii kwaam-túk/
= Wish you not to have any suffering
17. ขอให้มีแต่โชคดีตลอดปีนี้ /kͻ̌ͻ-hâi mii dtԑ̀ԑ chôok dii dtà-lͻ̀ͻt bpii ní́i/
= Wish you to be lucky for this whole year
18. ขออย่าให้มีโรคภัยไข้เจ็บ /kͻ̌ͻ yàa hâi mii rôok pai kâi jèp/
= Wish you not to be sick
19. ขอให้สนุกกับการฉลองวันปีใหม่ /kͻ̌ͻ-hâi sà-nùk gàp-gaan chà-lͻ̌ͻng wan bpii mài/
= Wish you have fun in celebrating New Year
20. ขอให้มีแต่สิ่งดีๆเข้ามาในชีวิต /kͻ̌ͻ-hâi mii dtԑ̀ԑ sìng dii-dii kâo maa nai chii-wít/
= Wish you have only good things come to your life

Hope everyone enjoy your holiday na ka Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2015 ka

Kruu Fai

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