September 2, 2016
Luang Wiang Lakhon Fair – An ancient Lanna festival that Celebrates the return of Buddha and the end of Lent
When: 16th October 2016
Where: Wat Prathat Lampang Luang, Lampang Province. Northern Thailand
Luang Wiang Lakhon Fair (งานหลวงเวียงละคอน) is held just prior to the end of Buddhist Lent, in the first month of the Lanna calendar (Lanna -“Kingdom of a Million Rice Fields”). It is a celebration of both the Buddha’s return after preaching to his mother in heaven, and the day when the Buddhist Monks can again leave their monasteries, after their 3 months self imposed exile of Wan Khao Phansa.
The event also has its roots in the Buddhist festival of Kathina, where it is a time of giving and for the laity to express gratitude to the bhikkhus (Buddhist monks). In this festival Lay Buddhists bring alms to temples, including all manner of things the monks will require in their daily lives e.g. food, soap, candles, cooking utensils and especially new robes.
The Luang Wiang Lakhon Fair features a wonderfully, colourful procession, with local people dressed in native attire, carrying all manner of traditional household appliances, some of which are very old indeed, plus a range of food dishes, all of which will be donated to the monks, (excluding the antiquated utensils).
The event also includes an evening Light and Sound production, which features dance and music performances that highlight the ancient history of both the province and its people. Through-out the day there will be a number of cultural demonstrations along with a host of stalls selling all manner of local produce and handicraft.
For more on the event contact: Lampang Municipality Office Tel. 054-237-237 ext 4105
Buddhist Lent – Celebrations across Thailand
Celebrations at this time of the year are conducted through-out Thailand, with a vast array of different, vibrant festivals to mark the occasion of the end of the Buddhist Lent; each has its own uniqueness and is known by many names. In Thailand’s south the people celebrate this most auspicious occasion with their very own festival of Chak Phra (Phum Pha Pa), while also in the south the people of Phatthalung Province, go mad with drums in the Phon Lak Phra Festival.
The north has its spiritual Tak Bat Devo Festival, featuring hundreds of Buddhist monks. The province of Sakon Nakhon features the amazing Wax Castle possession, while in the north east province of Nakhon Phanom you will find the dazzling Fire Boat Possession. Central Thailand offers you the chance to be part of the Lotus Flower Festival and in the Mae Hong Son Province, of North West Thailand you can be part of the uniquely Tai-Yai peoples event, that of the Chong Para Festival. Not forgetting throughout the Kingdom you can witness a whole host of Longboat races and Festivals
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