The uniqueness of a country can be seen in a variety of things, such as culture and customs. Most people in Thailand are Buddhist, so when you visit Thailand, you will find a variety of things that have Buddhist elements. Dance in Thailand also has elements of Buddhism. Typical Thai dance is usually performed to welcome guests at events, festivals, and other events. Below are some examples of dance in Thailand:
- Candle Dance
This dance is usually performed by female dancers to pay homage to the gods who protect the eight cardinal points of the earth. The dancers hold candles and lotus flowers while dancing. The lotus flower is considered a symbol of good luck, while the candle is a symbol of respect to the Buddha. The candle is placed in the middle of a lotus flower.
- Khon Dance
Khon is a Thai traditional dance drama performed by groups with the story being told by a chorus on the side of the stage. The Khon is usually based on the Ramakien, which is the Thai version of the Ramayana story.
- Farmers Dance
This dance was created by the department of culture in Thailand. The choreography of dance enacts daily field activities, such as plowing, sowing, and harvesting rice. After the rice is growing well, the dancers pray to the goddess who protects the rice. After the harvest, there is great celebration.
- Fon Sao Mai Dance
This dance is performed in groups with very graceful movements. This dance originated in northern Thailand, and depicts the process of a silk weaving.
- Choi Kai Dance or Chicken Contest dance
This dance is considered as a dance and game entertainment that is the sport of the Thai people in ancient times. The dancers wear costumes similar to chicken, as well as the movements are similar to the chicken contest.