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Um Phra Dam Nam Ceremony, Phetchabun Province, September 19 – 23, 2017

in Festivals Calendar on 24/08/2017

 

The Phra Buddha Maha Dhamaracha is an ancient and most respected Buddha image of Phetchabun. Its characteristic is a fully decorated image of Lopburi period was found in the Pasak River by local fishermen then was taken to be placed in Wat Trai Phum. The legend tells that it had been disappeared twice from the temple and was later found in the river at the first found place. This amazing story is leaded to Phetchabun’s traditional festival ‘Um Phra Dam Nam Ceremony’ or ‘Phra Buddha Maha Dhamaracha Bathing Ceremony’. This festival is begun by Buddha image processions around the city and stopped at Phechabura Public Park. The Phetchabun’s governor as a representative of the people will carry the Buddha image and dive into the river at 2 direction, up-stream and down-stream. This act is believed in bringing auspiciousness to everybody and makes the water in the river become sacred. The festival will be greatly organized between September 19 – 23, 2017, the 10th of waning moon, composed of divine worship ceremony, water and land processions, bathing of Phra Buddha Maha Dhamaracha, boat races against a water flow, altar decorations contests, food festival, light and sound presentations and other interesting amusement shows. The locations are the Provincial Hall, Wat Trai Phum and Wat Bot Chanamara. ‘To have the Buddha image in our city is to have morality in our minds.’

For more information, contact TAT Phitsanulok Office at 0-5525-2742-3, 0-5525-9907, or TAT Call Center at 1672.