Do Full Moon Parties Actually Fall on the Full Moon?
Here are the full moon dates for 2015. Dates are Greenwich Meantime but still fall on the same day in Thailand since it is only 7 hours ahead of London:
Here are the dates for the Full Moon Party in Koh Phangan. Those dates differing from the actual date of the full moon are in bold:
The first thing to note is that the FMP organisers have managed to squeeze 14 ‘monthly’ parties into the year. Of these 14 dates 7 actually fall on the night of the full moon. That is easy maths – 50% of the parties actually fall on the correct night.
There are always parties on Christmas day and New Year’s Eve. It just so happens that this year Christmas night does coincide with the full moon.
It should also be mentioned that in a year at least one Full Moon Party is moved by a day or 2 because of Buddha day holidays. These are mysterious things that party organisers seem to be unaware of until a week or so before a party.
Party schedules are getting more complex as there is a growing list of other parties to throw. Clashing dates aren’t allowed to happen. The average Koh Phangan party goer would rather have an event every few days than experience the Full Moon Party on the night of the full moon. Besides it is hard to tell by looking at the moon whether it is full or a day or two off its zenith. Every FMP those below the moon are most definitely peaking.
Party schedule – http://fullmoonparty-thailand.com/schedules.html
Full Moons calendar – http://www.moongiant.com/Full_Moon_New_Moon_Calendar.php