Buddhist Lental Candle Procession in Ubon Ratchathani
At City Hall Stadium, Ubon Ratchathani
The commencement of Phansa, or the Buddhist Rains Retreat, (known in Thai as Khao Phansa) is observed in the northeastern city of Ubon Ratchathani with this lovely festival that displays artistic skills as well as piety,
Beautifully carved beeswax candles, some of them several meters tall, are exhibited in colourful parades before being presented to local temples.
The Lenten Candle Festival
The devout Buddhist of Ubon Ratchathani have long been known for their devotion to their religion especially by the procession Buddhist Lental Candle at the advent of Buddhist Lent. The occasion also represents and effort to support local tradition.
To start with, the lead candle graciously granted by His Majesty the KING to Ubon Ratchathani will lead the procession to the temple under royal patronage. However a host of other festive activities are in the waiting.
The Lenten Candle of Wat Nong Bua
The Lenten Candle show at once side of Thung Sri Muang
Candles will be entered into contests for the most beautifully decorated and best crafted candles. Maidens accompanying the candles and the procession themselves will
also be judged for their beauty in other contests. In addition, there will be ample entertainment and musical performances at Thung Sri Muang every night throughout the festival.
The beautiful and unique festival of Ubon Ratchathani succeeds in attracting a gret number of both local and foreign tourists to this province every year. However, more than just an occasion to preserve tradition and local culture,
it also helps boost Ubon Ratchathani's economy in terms of income generated from the sale of local merchandise, hospitality sector, restaurants, shops and independent cab drivers.
Call the Tourism Authority of Thailand at (66 2) 281-0422 (20 Lines) or the Public Relations Office Ubon Ratchathani, at (045) 243770-1 for more information.
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