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isan festival in thailand
isan festival in thailand
From Wikipedia‘s article Isan:
The people of Isan celebrate many traditional festivals, such as the Bun Bungfai Rocket Festival. This fertility rite, originating in pre-Buddhist times, is celebrated in a number of locations both in Isan and in Laos, but most vigorously and most famously in Yasothon province. Other Isan festivals are the Candle Festival, which marks the start of vassa in July in Ubon and other locations; the Silk Festival in Khon Kaen, which promotes local handicrafts; the Elephant Round-up in Surin; and the bangfai phayanak or Naga fireballs of Nong Khai.
Obviously many Isaan (Isan) festivals are not peculiar to just the Isaan Region of Thailand, but are celebrated throughout the kingdom.
With that in mind, as a December 19 (2012) post edit, here are a number of further related references:
The Thai calendar includes many public holidays and festivals. The liveliest is in April on the Thai New Year, but there are many others.
Loy Krathong and Yee Peng, now celebrated together is one of the great festivals in Thailand. Lanterns float in the sky and … History of Loy Krathong. It is believed that Loy Krathong is an ancient Brahmanic or Indic festival.
Phi Ta Khon is a tradition of the Dan Sai district of the Loei Province in Isan. It is better known as the ghost festival since it reflects the regions beliefs on ghosts and spirits. It occurs each year around June/July and is probably Thailand’s most …
The festival is also called Boon Bang Fai. The festival is held in the rainy seasons as the farmers get ready to cultivate their paddy fields. The rocket festival, known in Thai as ‘Bun Bang Fai,’ is an ancient local festival that has …
Since 1960, this Elephant Festival or Surin Elephant Round-up takes place on the third weekend of November in Thailand’s Surin province, Isan. Traditionally the people of Surin were excellent at capturing elephants then training them as …
The people of Isan have their own culture and traditions. One of the easiest ways for foreign visitors to enjoy what Isan has to offer is to join in t.
On Thursday at the Thailand-Vietnam Friendship Village in Nakhon Phanom province a celebration was held. There was a large number of the Vietnamese community who reside in Thailand that participated in the celebration …
Most of the holiday and festivals in Thailand are related to Buddhist religion’s day -Makhabucha, Vishakhabucha, Ar-Sarahabucha, Buddhist lent day and a few more. Usually Thai people takes all family making a merit culture …
(Thailand Public Holiday). May to June, Rocket Festivals in Laos and Thailand – Rockets are launched to bring good crops and weather for farmers in Isan and elsewhere in Thailand. 12-14 June, Ghost Festival in Loei …
The festival of Songkran is an old tradition in Thailand. It marks the New Year according to the Thai lunar calendar. The tradition is an example of.
A traditional Buddhist ghost festival from Thailand’s Isan province that features beautiful handmade masks, outrageous wooden phalluses, ceremony, ritual, dancing, and endless music. performances by Climax Golden Twins …
May to June, Rocket Festivals in Laos and Thailand – also known as Bun Bang Fai is an ancient festival popular in northeast Thailand. Rockets are launched in hopes that the rain god, Vassakan will bring rains and in return …
For Songkran festival, Thai people clean everything, i.e the house, the previous year bad actions, the Buddha statues, one’s own spirit. But nowadays … Listen Dharma. The first day of Songkran period is an important day to make good deeds.
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Isan Thailand is a country full of culture and diversity, but what most people don’t realize is that pride in one’s culture often means celebration – and that’s exactly what the residents of Isan in Thailand love to do. Not only do …
Near the beginning of the rainy season throughout much of northeast Thailand and Laos, villages and municipalities commonly celebrate rocket festivals (called in Thai: ประเพณีบุญบั้งไฟ Prapheni Bun Bang Fai Tradition of Boon of Bong of …
Born of the traditional beliefs of the Isan people, the sprightly “Bun Bang Fai” Rocket Festival, the most celebrated of Isan’s merit-making rituals, has been strictly observed by the residents of Isan for generations and is essentially an annual …
Phi Ta Khon (also spelled Pee Ta Khon (Thai: ผีตาโขน), sometimes known as Ghost Festival), is the most common name for a group of festivals held in Dan Sai, Loei province, Isan, Thailand. The events take place over three …
“Songkran Isan Khun Flora Festival – Can Sound And Sticky Rice Road” was held on 11-18 Apr 2012 at Sticky Rice Road, Amphoe Mueang, Khon Kaen is the opening ceremony on 11 Apr and have merit in the morning, …
Food from the four regions of Thailand will be available from 40 stalls, and the festival will be divided into six zones which will include: Isan Exotic will showcase food from the Northeast of Thailand. The food from this region …
Moon Festival in Thailand. This festival is held everywhere a large Chinese community can be found, and Thailand is no exception. In Bangkok the focus of the celebrations will be along the Yaworat Road in Bangkok’s Chinatown. In Phuket it will be in the old part of Phuket Town. In Chiang Mai the place to go will be Pung Tao … There is an old legend associated with the moon cake. During the rule of the Mongols the native Han Chinese rebels used moon cakes to …
Ubon Ratchathani has been a well established community for hundreds of years. Relatively unknown to the most tourists, the province boasts a number of natural wonders, cultural and historical attractions, national parks, silk producing shops, …
The Phi Ta Khon festival is unique to the Dan Sai district in Loei Province and reflects the local Isan belief in ghosts and spirits.
The “Khao Phansa” Candle Festival of Ubon Ratchathani, Northeastern (Isan) Thailand—RodMcNeil.TV
RodMcNeilTV Uploaded on 23 Oct 2011
In this episode of RodMcNeil.TV, viewers are transported to Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand, or “Isan” as it is most known—in the Northeast of Thailand—during what is known as Buddhist lent and the scene of a world famous candle festival. And not just any candles—giant candles fit for a parade. (Note the Isan music in the background).
Noodle lovers will salivate at a myriad of noodles, most made from rice, and served up with bean shoots and other flavorful items.
Join Rod on the eve of the parade, and at a traditional coffee shop the following day to experience the local morning rituals enjoyed by many. Then, it is parade time where the tiered seating fills up quite early. Beauty queens and men in uniform (not to be confused) and everyday folks from all walks of life are an important part of this adventure for any tourist and locals alike! The parade wouldn’t be the same without a myriad of traditional dance and costumes as well.
From Tourism Authority of Thailand:
The Significance of Crafted Candles as Buddhist Lent Merit-Making Offerings
At Thung Sri Muang Park and Ubon Ratchathani National Museum
The Candle Festival of Ubon Ratchathani province features a procession of ornately-carved traditional beeswax candles of various shapes and sizes. Buddhism, Buddhist traditions and beliefs are central forces that shape the local way of life and the customs and traditions related to this Buddhist festival have been carefully preserved by local communities.
As the seasonal monsoon rains descend over the kingdom, it marks the beginning of the Buddhist “rain retreat” and the Buddhist Lent, or Phansa, during which all Buddhist monks retreat to the temples. This is also an auspicious time for Buddhist ordinations as it marks a period of spiritual renewal.
Known as “Khao Phansa”, the Buddhist Lent is a time devoted to study and meditation. Buddhist monks remain within the temple grounds and do not venture out for a period of three months starting from the first day of the waning moon of the eighth lunar month (in July) to the fifteenth day of the waxing moon of the eleventh lunar month (in October). In former times, this is done to prevent monks from trampling upon rice paddies when they venture out to receive offerings from the villagers.
As the province prepares for the Buddhist Lent, men folk, ordained as well as laymen, with artistic skills set about the task of moulding and sculpting Lenten candles. As these works of art are to be presented as Buddhist merit-making offerings, the artisans pour their heart and soul into their craft. Many of these are fine examples of Buddhist art and sculpture.
Villagers actively engage in merit-making during the Buddhist Lent, making visits to temples to make offerings of food and items for daily use. The presentation of items that provide light, such as candles, lanterns and lamp oil, is deemed to be particularly important as these facilitate the study of holy scriptures and meditation by providing illumination to the monks, physically and spiritually.
Bringing together the Traditional and the Contemporary
To help keep ancient customs and traditions alive, the provincial authorities have added more contemporary elements to the traditional festival in an attempt to create broader appeal and attract younger visitors.
In addition to the exhibition of wax sculptures by the participating international artists from Japan, Nepal, Belgium, France, Ukraine, Latvia, Spain, Brazil, and host country, Thailand, the festival programme now includes other art and design-related highlights such as the Silpakorn Art Pool featuring handcrafted candles workshops and sound art, the Lat Krabang Art Scene featuring film and photo, interactive art, art camp, and Kids Art Village.
Other attractions, such as the Ubon Art Street, the Ubon Weekend Market and Laeng Pla Ploen Market, traditional and contemporary folk music performances, are all designed to add to the festive ambience of the event.
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