Traditions and rituals in Thailand
Thailand is a country that is steeped in tradition, from religion and spirituality to the foods served on its people’s table to the direction in which one points one’s feet. The “wai,” or the traditional Thai greeting is done by putting your hands together, in front of your chest, and bowing your head a bit. One Thai tradition that will thrill visitors is the abundance of festivals devoted to praying for rain. Farmers depend on rain for healthy crops, of course, and they hold a variety of events as a means of asking, of hoping, and of inspiring themselves for the rainy season.
Important and famous people
Famous and important people of Thailand vary from kickboxers and skateboarders to world music singers, world leaders and memoirists, like Eric Koston, Christina Aguilar, Yingluck Shinawatra, Matt Sharp and Adam Osborne.
Music, art and literature
Thailand is a Buddhist country, so art and literature are very important. The art is deeply rooted in the Buddhist heritage. Also because Thailand have a lot of influences from their neighbour countries, like Cambodia and China. The music in Thailand has influences from Europe and America, but there is still traditional music. This music is made for example with a sueng, it looks like a guitar. Thai Classical literature, written in verse, dates from the Ayutthaya period (1351–1767). Much literature was lost in the sack of Ayutthaya by Hsinbyunshin of Myanmar in 1767. After the restoration of Thai sovereignty, and the establishment of a new capital at Bangkok, many law codes, religious works, and literary texts were rewritten.
Traditional cuisine and eating habits
The Thai food culture is very social and people like to sit down together and share several plates of food with their family members. Even Thai food is famous for its spicy taste, one special thing of Thai food is the combination of all five fundamental taste senses in every meal: the sour, sweet, bitter, spicy and salty. Thailand has lots of typical dishes like the ‘’tom yum spicy soup’’, the Pad Thai and the spicy-sweet green papaya salad.
Thai sport is part of Thai culture which has been passed on from generation to generation. Sporting activities of Thais blend well into their agricultural way of life. It is another form of group relationship enhancement during the cultivating and harvesting periods. Thai sport is also a form of entertainment which takes place during religious and royal ceremonies and festivals. Three traditional Thai sports are Muay Thai (Thai boxing) is one of the oldest martial arts in the world and has existed for over 2000 years, Sword & Pole Fighting (Fun Daab & Krabi Kra-bong): This martial art once formed part of medieval military training and Thai Chess (Mak Ruk Thai): is believed to have originated from Indian chess, and may have been used to plan military strategies.