Thailand’s Khao Phansa Festival 2018 during July 22 to 29 at 7 Various Places

in Festivals Calendar on 05/07/2018

Thailand’s Khao Phansa Festival 2018 during July 22 to 29 at 7 Various Places

One of the most charming festivals celebrated in Thailand is Khao Phansa, or Buddhist Lent Day, which marks the official start of the rainy season. It also marks the period when monks traditionally retreat to their temples for a three-month period of study and meditation.

Khao Phansa day itself is a day of special celebration and is held on full moon of the eighth lunar month which this year falls on July 28. But many of the celebrations to mark the festival will take place over several days during last week of July.

Here’s a rundown of what’s on during Khao Phansa 2018 and where:

  • Ubon Ratchathani International Wax Candle Festival and Wax Candle Procession
    Date: July 23 – 28, 2018
    Venue: Ubon Ratchathani City Areas
    The International Wax Candle Festival and Wax Candle Procession takes place in Thung Si Mueang Park, Ubon Ratchathani. Teams come from all over the world to compete and the detail on the wax artworks is staggering, with some being colossal in scale. It’s a great place to explore unique local cultures as the locals wear traditional dresses and show off their age-old folk dances.

For more information, contact TAT Ubon Ratchathani Office at 045-243-770, 045-250-714, or TAT Call Center at 1672.

  • Nakhon Ratchasima Candle Procession
    Date: July 26 – 28, 2018
    Venue: Thao Suranari Monument
    At the Thao Suranari Monument in Mueang Korat, there will be a wax candle contest, a candle parade, and merit making activities. Being held annually to promote the local art and culture, the festival will also feature a number of cultural activities including Khon, a traditional masked dance performance.

For more information, contact TAT Nakhon Ratchasima Office at 044-213-030, 044-213-666, or TAT Call Center at 1672.

  • Nakhon Phanom Candle Festival
    Date: July 28, 2018
    Venue: Wat Phra That Phanom
    The Lao-influenced culture of Nakhon Phanom gives a different twist to the Khao Phansa celebrations. The festival centres on the iconic local pagoda of Wat Phra That Phanom and there is always a procession of exquisitely carved candles to enjoy as well as the Miss Candle Beauty contest where local beauties hope to be named winner.

For more information, contact TAT Nakhon Phanom Office at 042-513-490-1, or TAT Call Center at 1672.

  • Ayutthaya Aquatic Phansa Festival
    Date: July 28, 2018
    Venue: Lad Chado Market, Ayutthaya
    The ancient capital of Ayutthaya hosts very memorable Khao Phansa celebrations, as the candles are taken to the local temples in more than 200 colourful boats that float down the city’s ancient Lad Chado canal. Visitors can also enjoy a taste of rural life, beauty pageants, and local games.

For more information, contact TAT Ayutthaya Office at 035-246-076-7, or TAT Call Center at 1672.

  • Suphanburi Khao Phansa Candles Procession
    Date: July 22, 2018
    Venue: Wat Pa Laylai Woraviharn, Tambon Rua Yai, Mueang Suphan Buri
    Students from local art colleges compete to put on the most impressive candle displays. There are huge sculptures depicting creatures and heroes from Thai myth and these are proudly paraded around town. Visitors also enjoy exhibitions about the ways of life of the local tribal people and colourful displays of folk dancing.

For more information, contact TAT Suphanburi Office at 035-525-880, 035-525-867, 035-525-863-4, or TAT Call Center at 1672.

  • Saraburi Khao Phansa Festival (Tak Bat Dok Mai)
    Date: July 26 – 28, 2018
    Venue: Wat Phra Putthabat Ratchaworamahaviharn, Saraburi
    During Khao Phansa in Saraburi, people visit the local shrine of the Buddha’s Footprint where yellow and white flowers are offered to monks (Tak Bat Dok Mai) as a way of making merit. This has become a big event and now thousands of people join to give alms to the monks as they ascend the steep stairs of the shrine.

For more information, contact TAT Ayutthaya Office at 035-246-076-7, or TAT Call Center at 1672.

  • Nan Candle Festival
    Date: July 29, 2018
    Venue: Bunyuen Royal Temple, Wiang Sa District, Nan
    Visitors can join local people as they offer food to the monks in the morning. Later in the day, they can join the alms giving of candles to the temple and take part in other merit-making activities that offer insight into the culture of Thai Buddhism.

For more information, contact TAT Nan Office at 054-521-118-9, or TAT Call Center at 1672.

Text Credit : Tourism Authority of Thailand Newsroom
Photo Credit : TAT Ubon Ratchathani Office

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