February 25, 2016
The Chaopho Khao Tok Fair and Chaopho Khao Tok Procession (ประเพณีเจ้าพ่อเขาตก หรือ งานแห่เจ้าพ่อเขาตก), two different events running side by side.
Chaopho Khao Tok Procession
When: On the first day of the waxing moon in the fourth lunar month.
The Chaopho Khao Tok Procession, (also known as Hae Phra Khiao Kaeo – ประเพณีแห่พระเขี้ยวแก้ว), takes place on the first day of the waxing moon in the fourth lunar month. Buddhists believe that Phra Khiao Kaeo was the tooth of the Lord Buddha and therefore, hold it in great esteem.
During the day people will carry the relic, which is normally housed at the Wat Phra Phutthabat Ratchaworamahawihan Museum, in a colourful procession around the town. The local belief is that by holding and attending the procession, the town and its inhabitants will prosper and live in happiness.
Chaopho Khao Tok Fair
When: The event begins on the first day of the moon waxing in the fourth lunar month, and continues for 4 days.
The second part of these celebrations the Chaopho Khao Tok Fair, takes place in the confines of the ancient Royal temple, constructed in 1624 during the reign of King Songtham. The event is in fact a little known Chinese festival which features, a colourful and noisy Lo Ko Dragon Parade, along with performances of Chinese Opera.
There are also a number of special rituals, in which people will walk over burning coals as a demonstration of their faith and beliefs.
See You Tube of Festival
The temple compound also holds the PhraPhutthabat National Museum, which displays precious artifacts and artwork from King Songtham’s era. However, it is only open to the public during the Phra Phutthabat Fair which is held biannually, on the eighth day of the waxing moon until the first day of the waning moon in the third month and the fourth month of the lunar calendar.
These two little known events are a joy to witness and are rarely visited by holiday makers, which gives visitors a close up and personal view of the rituals and beliefs of the local people
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