Exploring the Chiang Mai Flower Festival

flower-festivalEach year in February, northern Thailand is alive with the vibrant festivities of the Chiang Mai Flower Festival. For over thirty years, locals and visitors alike have flocked to Chiang Mai for this beautiful event. Northern Thailand itself is well known for its fragrant blooms this time of year, and visitors to Chiang Mai often enjoy exploring the rolling hills near Chiang Mai while they are visiting the area.

The Flower Festival offers festival-goers with ample opportunities to enjoy the natural flora of the area and explore Thailand’s rich culture. The festival boasts over 3,000 species of orchids, which are just coming into bloom. Other flowers that are included in this festival include the famous Damask Rose, which only grows in Chiang Mai, as well as chrysanthemums of yellow and white hues. These flowers are just a few of the many that are included in the variety of floral displays featured at the festival. Flowers are also used for arts and crafts sales as well as numerous beauty pageants held during this festival.

The festival is more than simply a parade of flowers. This festival explores the culture of the area, too. Here, you will find sculptures of many of Thailand’s most famous and recognizable temples. There are also a variety of animals used in the festivities, including in scenes from the Ramayana. Parades are includes in the festivities, and these feature both plants and animals native to the area.

The Flower Festival is one of the favorite cultural events for people living in northern Thailand, and it regularly attracts a following of visitors from across the region as well. With its fragrant blooms and exciting cultural activities taking place throughout the festival, spending time at the Chiang Mai Flower Festival is a true treat and shouldn’t be missed.

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