Celebrating New Year’s Eve in Thailand is big on New Year’s, really big. For instance, Thais love New Year so much they have three of them! There is New Year on January 1st, Chinese New Year January 25, and Songkran (Thai New Year) on April 13-15. But of all the Thai national holidays, the calendar New Year is the most Western-style celebration in Thailand. All the bars are full, gala events are everywhere, and families gather together across the nation to feast and celebrate. Thais, like everybody, revel in the chance for a new beginning and count on better luck in the coming year. And just like in the west, fireworks are a major part of the festivities. Subsequently, Bangkok has become centre stage for Thailand’s New Year’s celebration. What draws everybody is all the party spots and clubs. Check out our post on this website about the Amazing Beautiful Bangkok Event. However, the grand finale of the night is the fireworks!
What to Expect in Bangkok on Thailand New Year’s Eve 2020
Bangkok is putting on one of the premier fireworks showcases in the world for 2020. The fireworks this year are going to be absolutely huge! The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is going all out to make Bangkok, and Thailand, an irresistible New Year’s Eve destination. TAT, in partnership with Icon Siam, True, and Kasikorn Bank will spend somewhere around 500 million Baht (16+ Million USD). Accordingly, The Fireworks are going to be set off over a vast 1400-meter span from Chaloem park to Asiatique waterfront. Anywhere along this route will be prime fireworks viewing if you are not at one of the rooftop spots. Similarly, the dinner cruise boats in the river will be great too. The Theme this year is “The Seven Wonders of Blessings” so the fireworks will be broken up into 7 different displays over about 40 minutes.
Bangkok Fireworks Program 2020
The Seven Wonders of Blessings theme is a celebration of Thailand and the blessings the nation has for its people. Likewise, the blessings portrayed in this show are coming from their king Maha Vajiralongkorn as gifts to the people. The seven subheadings for the theme are history, prosperity, the nation, religion, the economy, agriculture, and the monarchy. Thus, there are seven different fireworks displays meant to go along with each of these topics.
7 Fireworks Display Themes in Bangkok for Thailand New Year’s Eve 2020
To begin with, is a tribute to the glorious victories throughout Thailand’s history over would-be conquerors. Thailand is fiercely proud that has never been put under another nation’s rule and was never colonized. This part of the program features golden fireworks showers that go off up high and rain down to the water. Incidentally, this represents golden land blessed by the reign of Thai kings, and the golden glories they gave the nation.
The fireworks going off at this point will be skyrockets that streak skyward and burst into blossoms like big trees. Reds and greens, together with gold streaks will create the illusion. The “trees” also represent wishes to the king for long life and convey his kindness towards the people. Sustainability in this context is not the environmental kind, it is the sustainment of the royalty that is the message.
This phase has big bursts of brilliant white and silver bombs going off that light up the whole sky. This is meant to convey the path to enlightenment, represented by the brilliantly lit sky. The idea is to point to the morality of religion and thus leads to a peaceful life in the light. Also, the reference is to the eighth step and final step in the Buddhist path to eternal peace called enlightenment.
Joy to The World
“…And Peace on Earth”, the line from a western Christmas carol, completes the meaning of this theme element. The fireworks next will be really cool and different. There will be hundreds of streaks of many colours going up to the sky from everywhere! Big thick lines and thinner ones are going to spread throughout the sky in huge arcs and sharp angles. In particular, all this colour is used to represent the joy and contentment with the peaceful life in Thailand.
Diamonds in The Sky
This part of the program is created with the latest in fireworks technology. The idea is to light up the heavens with sparkling diamonds all over the sky. There will be big bangs followed by twinkling white crackles will make it seem like diamonds all around. This is to show the “Suvarnabhumi” or “Land of Abundance” (you always wondered what the airport name meant?). The image of diamonds is referring to the wealth and abundance of the natural resources of Thailand. By the way, the smaller flashes of white light are there to resemble seeds that will grow soon. Just like the nation has the potential to do from its resources.
Large and small multi-coloured fireworks light up the sky now to welcome the New Year in Thailand. The message is a special blessing of happiness and well being to Thai people. The sky-bursts will look like lucky stars that are meant for everybody. This is to demonstrate the king’s wishes of good fortune and harmony to the entire nation. The king also wants everybody to benefit from the blessing of living in Thailand and being Thai. In brief, it is a way of saying “Thank your lucky stars” all over Bangkok for 7 minutes.
The Power of love
Big bright booming explosions turn the sky red during this, the final part of the program. Red is the colour of love and throwing it everywhere in big bursts conveys the triumph of love. The idea is the king’s love of the people and the power of good over evil as represented by love. Together with this, the red bombs create an aura of divinity that protects the country from forces that mean harm.
Viewing the New Year’s Fireworks in Bangkok 2020
The fireworks are easy to see from everywhere in the city because they go off so high. But there are a few spots better than others that you still might be able to get to. The best ones are the rooftop bars anywhere you can get in. The other obvious places are along the river in the public parks, at Asiatique, Icon Siam, or any hotel. Lastly, if you’re really lucky with booking, being in the river on a dinner boat will be a great experience. It is lucky for everybody that Thailand is putting so much into this to make a fantastic memory for all!