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The Mon Floating Boat Festival 2018, Sangkhlaburi, Kanchanaburi Province, September 23 – 25

in Festivals Calendar on 02/08/2018

 

Mon Floating Boat Festival 2018

Sangkhlaburi, with its famous wooden bridge and tranquil setting, is always popular with tourists seeking out photogenic destinations. For those seeking a splash of colour and want to see a unique local tradition while learning about Mon People in Thailand, go there during the annual Mon Floating Boat Festival. The Mon Floating Boat Festival 2018 takes place this year from September 23 to 25 at Wang Wiwekaram Temple in Sangkhlaburi, Kanchanaburi Province.

Rooted in both animist and Buddhist philosophy, Mon people believe offering alms in a floating boat pays respect to the ‘angel of the river’, forest and earth. On the first day, villagers prepare for the ceremony by putting final touches on a bamboo boat over one month in the making, dress it in paper flags and other decorations.

On the second day, religious activities include making merit and offering alms to Buddhist monks and filling boats with a colourful display of bananas, sugar cane, desserts, floral arrangements and candles.

The final day, concludes the festival with Mon villagers pushing their individual boats out on to the Samprasob River to clean themselves of all the bad things in life. Traditional Mon festive costumes, sarongs with red and white plaid long sleeve shirts for men, red sarongs and white long sleeve shirts for women, brighten the entire event.

The festival takes place at the Ban Wang Ka Mon Community in Sangkhlaburi town, Kanchanaburi. Other points of interest and beautiful attractions in the district include Pom Pee View Point, Muang Badan (The Underwater Temple), Mon Bridge and more.

For more information, contact TAT Kanchanaburi Office at 0-3451-1200, 0-3451-2500, or TAT Call Center at 1672.

Text Credit : Tourism Authority of Thailand Newsroom
Photo Credit : TAT Kanchanaburi Office

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