Mysterious Missile Launch?
If anyone can find out what this is it would be great… I will be searching the web to find out.
Zed, if it was from Thailand, it must have been one potent missile since it was shot off the shore of the US in California going towards the Ocean
in Thailand (NE Isan region) they have huge rocket festivals
you should see these things which take all year to build
its all cultural fun and theyre a male ego display really.
the Thai men show theyre strengths and power
by who have the best rockets
and if one spins out in a fizz and lands in a field
if it fails the owner gets dunked in mud ponds.
its brilliant and the rockets have to be transported on trucks.
maybe one of them was made by an over zealous Thai man
and it went further than he ever expected ?
Thai World View has a surprisingly nice page detailing some of Isaan’s festivals — as introduced there: Some famous festivals are only organised in “ISAN” area.
Even Wikipedia touches on some of the festivals in its Isan entry:
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.
You can get a further good idea of what’s going on by scanning the website Isan Sawadee.com‘s page of Highlighted Festivals in NORTHEAST (ISAN). Additionally, if you click on the provinces listed in the column at the left on that page, some of them will have festivals specific to them mentioned — again, they will appear in the column at the left (as Festivals & Events).
Nearly as nice as the page above is a page of I-San Festivals at Benchama.ac.th.
I don’t know if it really qualifies as being called a festival, but the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is sponsoring an Isan Food & Wine Festival Mastercalss 2012 for June 8-10 at Khao Yai. Apparently it has been held before, so this is not the first one.
An overview of Isaan’s festivals is presented by Fodor’s in an undated article titled Thailand’s Partying Provinces.
Gecko Villa has a section on Thailand Holidays & Festivals. I’m not sure how accurate the calendar of specific dates are, however — not unless the dates are updated for each current year as it arrives.
Here’s what some websites have reported concerning past festivals, as well as some 2012 mentions (I am adding these in a March 18, 2012, post edit):
TV 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.
Publish Date: 10/23/2011 16:26
A feature of this festival, as is similar to many other Isan festival events, is the parade of performers before meeting together at the ground on which they will perform. From the smallest villages to the largest towns, performers …
Publish Date: 12/27/2011 23:49
The inaugural Isan Food Festival is being held in Khon Kaen, Thailand for 10 days, and from March 7-9 the Sofitel Raja Orchid is offering a culinary master-class weekend from just (12150THB) or $AUD420 — including taxes …
Publish Date: 03/04/2012 23:18
Isan Festival, Night Market, and more motorbikes: Read the story and see 5 photos of a visit to Khon Kaen, Thailand by TravelPod member acquaviva.
Publish Date: 10/27/2009 1:40
Muay Thai Festival (17-23 March). If you want to see the best attack the best then visit this unique sporting event!!! Muay Thai (Thailand’s National Sport) is an ever growing Thai Sport which is being embraced by all the other countries in the …
Publish Date: 03/16/2012 0:24
Comme chaque année au mois de mars, le festival Lam Duan a enchanté ce week-end. La fleur de Lam Duan (Melodorum fruticosum ou encore White cheese wood) est un vrai bonheur olfactif quel’on pourrait… Hébergé par …
Publish Date: 03/11/2012 1:31
Customs & Festivals. Bai Sri Su Kwan This belief of this tradition is that the spirit is all around. It is like the guardian god, or guardian angel. The way of behaving Pai La Ma Wai plays an important roles for the villagers. So the Bai Sri Su Kwan ceremony is … The first day displays parades, enjoy Isan music and dancing, especially Fon Phu Thai and Lum Phu Thai , the symbol of Phu Thai in which transfer from generations to generations. And free Chinese noodle (Khao …
Publish Date: 03/15/2012 8:51
Phuket Heroine’s Festival (11-20 March). This festival is an opportunity for the women of Phuket to reach for their blades… Well not really but it is a celebration of the Battle of Thalang – a battle which was led by two Thai ladies (Mook and …
Publish Date: 03/10/2012 1:15
However, I only managed to get some shots of the festival before my camera battery died. … We then headed to the Vanilla Orchid stall and got some North-eastern style sausages sai krok Isan (ไส้กรอกอีสาน) ten dollars.
Publish Date: 03/18/2012 5:00
Isan Industrialization Accelerates … 2012 Royal Longboat races and Wax Castle Festival. If you’re making plans to visit Sakon Nakhon for this year’s festival be aware: … Upper Isan dubbed a special Zone Bangkok Post …
Publish Date: 02/29/2012 17:58
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 …
Publish Date: 01/20/2009 21:55
Posted on March 7, 2012 by TR. There is an organic food festival outside the Sunee Hotel right now. They have an area called Cowboy Ubon with a a horse petting and feeding area, steak dinner and a dancing horse. It’s… interesting.
Publish Date: 03/07/2012 7:15
Isan Ok Phansa Lantern Festival. Posted by: amazingthailand1 on: September 30, 2011. In: Uncategorized · Comment! Isan Ok Phansa Lantern Festival. On October 10, 2011 – October 13, 2011. Lantern procession and competition, Roman …
Publish Date: 09/30/2011 0:29
There will be a free screening of Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s film Haunted Houses at The Jim Thompson Art Center tonight. The screening is part of the Isan Film Festival 2010: Back To Isan Homeland, which is coming to …
Publish Date: 02/03/2011 2:16
Kids Songkrang (Water Festival) – Isan. … Kids Songkrang (Water Festival) – Isan. Comments and faves. Want to format your comment? By Sailing “Footprints: Real to Reel” (Ronn ashore) Ronn aka “Blue” Aldaman+ Add …
Publish Date: 05/09/2010 1:55
The Phuket Vegetarian Festival is an annual event held during the 9th lunar month of the Chinese calendar. It is believed that the vegetarian festival and its accompanying sacred rituals bestow good fortune upon those who …
Publish Date: 12/14/2011 4:57
What are some Laotian foods?
Laotian cuisine is the cuisine of Laos, which is distinct from other Southeast Asian cuisines. Laos shares borders with neighboring countries and as a result, Laotian cuisine has strongly influenced the neighboring cuisine of Northeastern Thailand (Isan) and some Laotian culinary influences have also reached Cambodia and Northern Thailand (Lanna). The staple food of Laotians is sticky rice eaten by hand. Galangal, lemongrass and padaek (Laotian fish sauce) are important ingredients. The most famous Laotian dish is Larb (Lao: ລາບ; sometimes also spelled laap), a spicy mixture of marinated meat and/or fish that is sometimes raw (prepared like ceviche) with a variable combination of herbs, greens, and spices. Another Laotian staple dish is a spicy green papaya salad dish known as tam mak hoong (Lao: ຕໍາໝາກຫຸ່ງ) or tam som.
Laotian cuisine has many regional variations, according in part to the fresh foods local to each region. A French legacy is also apparent in the capital city, Vientiane, such that baguettes are sold on the street, and French restaurants (often with a naturally Laotian, Asian-fusion touch) are common and popular.
Laotian meals typically consist of a soup dish, a grilled dish, a sauce, greens, and a stew or mixed dish (koy or laap). The greens are usually fresh raw greens, herbs and other vegetables, though depending on the dish they accompany, they could also be steamed or more typically, parboiled. Dishes are not eaten in sequence; the soup is sipped throughout the meal. Beverages, including water, are not typically a part of the meal. When guests are present, the meal is always a feast, with food made in quantities sufficient for twice the number of diners. For a host, not having enough food for guests would be humiliating.
The custom is to close the rice basket when one is finished eating.
Laotian coffee is often called Pakxong coffee (cafe pakxong in Lao), which is grown on the Bolovens Plateau around the town of Pakxong. This area is sometimes said to be the best place in Southeast Asia for coffee cultivation. Both robusta and arabica are grown in Laos, and if you ask for arabica, there is a very good chance the proprietor will know what you are talking about. Most of the arabica in Laos is consumed locally and most of the robusta is exported to Thailand, where it goes into Nescafé. The custom in Laos is to drink coffee in glasses, with condensed milk in the bottom, followed by a chaser of green tea. The highly-regarded tea is also grown on the Bolovens Plateau.
There are two general types of traditional alcoholic beverages, both produced from rice: lao hai and lao lao. Lao hai means jar alcohol and is served from an earthen jar. It is communally and competitively drunk through straws at festive occasions. It can be likened to sake in appearance and flavor. Lao lao or Laotian alcohol is more like a whiskey. It is also called lao khao or, in English, white alcohol. However, there is also a popular variant of lao lao made from purple rice, which has a pinkish hue.
In more recent times, the Laotian state-owned brewery’s Beerlao has become ubiquitous in Laos and is highly regarded by expatriates and residents alike. The Bangkok Post has described it as the Dom Perignon of Asian beers. In 2004, Time magazine described it as Asia’s best beer. In June 2005, it beat 40 other brews to take the silver prize at Russia’s Osiris Beer Festival, which it had entered for the first time.
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