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Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year Traditions

Chinese New Year culture is filled with holidays and celebrations, the Lunar New Year being the biggest. Not only is it the largest mass movement of people in the world, it is also one of the globe’s most colorful and glamorous celebrations.

Thailand is known as being home to the largest overseas Chinese community in the world. It is also the oldest, most prominent overseas Chinese community, therefore Chinese New Year is very important in the country. During Chinese new year many of the rituals, like dragon dances and even the special food eaten are imbued with magical meaning. This month, we invites you to take a look at some of the most widely observed customs that frame 5,000 years of Chinese history, mythology, cuisine, spirituality, business and imperial reigns. Of course, the number of ancestral Chinese New Year traditions is counted by hundreds but here are some traditions that you will see everywhere and might like to join in.

1 Seeing Red

The color scheme is red. For clothes, decorations and cards this beautiful shade of scarlet is everywhere. The meaning of red color is luck and goes back to an old story where a monster was afraid of noise and the color of blood.

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chinese new year, chinese new year chiang mai, chiang mai festival

2 Time of Renewal

Chinese New Year is also a time of renewal and a springboard to make fresh start. That is why it is also called the Spring Festival. A few days before the new year is the big cleaning day and Chinese people will only wear new clothes on the first day of the year.

3 Dancing with Dragons

The dance of the dragon is pretty famous. This symbol of prosperity, rain, wind and emperors, winds its way through the streets to the rhythm of pounding drums and crashing * cymbals. The dragon is also believed to bring good luck to people. In Chiang Mai, you will be able to witness Chinese New Year celebrations and traditions at Warorot market, which is also the home of China Town and two beautiful Chinese temples. In the evening, the street along Ping river will be closed to cars allowing street vendors and celebrations. Another evening celebration point will be at Thapae Gate.

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chinese new year, chinese new year chiang mai, chiang mai festival

4 Worship

Every Thai-Chinese family has an altar in their home. One day before the Chinese New Year, offerings are prepared early in the morning for the ceremony. All the sacrifices, including scrumptious dishes, desserts and fruits are displayed on the altar. After all family members have worshiped their ancestors one by one, they eat the blessed sacrifices in the evening, the most important meal of Chinese New Year.

5 Visiting Friends and relatives

A special way for people to express good wishes to each other, and an important activity during the festival is to visit friends and relatives, most of the time with a bag of oranges.

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Chinese New Year in Chiang Mai, the focus of the celebrations will be the Chinese temple at the Warorot market (Kad Luang), by the Ping River. There is also a photographic and art exhibition tracing the history of the Chinese community and the Warorot market. This will take place at Trok Lao Cho, one of the old wooden shophouses at the bottom of Tha Pae Road, adjacent to the market. Still, the celebration is more sedate than seen in other foreign countries, and only recently is perceived as an opportunity for tourists and local non-Chinese Thai people to participate in some way.

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Mokfa Waterfall

Mokfa waterfall is very picturesque waterfall

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Mokfa waterfall is one-level waterfall located in the area of Doi Suthep – Pui National Park on the Mae Malai – Pai road. Mokfa waterfall is surrounded with lush green trees, is full of water all year round. Within the same area there are also the Mokfa caves (Bat Caves) and nature trail.

The main attraction is of course Mok Fah Waterfall. It is huge, 60-metres high! It’s allowed to swim there, so take your swimming suit and towel. Water is cold and fresh, perfect for cooling during the hot day in Thailand.

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mokfa waterfall, mok fah waterfall, tour from chiang mai to pai

The bat cave at the Mokfa waterfall is worth going to see if you are still there at around dusk, this is when the bats start flying out, don’t stand near the cave entrance though because they will run right into you. Even if your not there at dusk it’s worth going up to have a look, not at the cave but the view of the waterfall. Be careful crossing the stream though it’s slipery.

If you’re visiting Chiang Mai and want to try something tourists don’t get to do, then how about swimming at the MokFa waterfall just 60km outside of Chiang Mai and on the non-tourist road to Pai, Mae Hong Son. It’s really a spectacular waterfall and one of few you can actually swim at.

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mokfa waterfall, mok fah waterfall, tour from chiang mai to pai

How to get to MokFa waterfall

From Ching Mai city centre dive along highway no. 107 (Chiang Mai – Fang route). Take a left turn to route no. 1095 ( Mae Malai – Pai route) around 45 km. Mokfa waterfall is a great place for a swim and to cool off if you are making the tour from Chiang Mai to Pai.

Opening hours & Entrance fee

It’s open times are 8:00 until 17:00 daily. You’ll have to pay 200 baht, but this entrance fee get’s you in to all the other waterfalls in the National Park for that day. For 1 day tour from Chiang Mai to Pai, you can use the thicket at Mokfa Waterfall, Hui Nam Dung National Park, Tha Pai Hot Spring and Pong Dued hot spring.