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October 3, 2015

Tak Bat Devo Festival

Tak Bat Devo Festival 2017 – A colourful and auspicious re-enactment of Buddha’s return to earth

Tak Bat Devo Festival

Revised 30/08/2017

When:  5th October 2017 (TBC)

Where: Wat Sangkat Rattana Khiri on the top of Sakaekrang Mountain. Uthai Thani Province

 

The Tak Bat Devo Festival (translated as ‘offering food to Buddhist Monks’) commemorates Won Ok Phansa Day, which is possibly the most important religious day in the Thai calendar and celebrates the return of Lord Buddha from heaven. The event is a portrayal of his descent from heaven and an imitation of the scenes when he was greeted by his followers and disciples.

This ancient depiction of this most auspicious time in usually only held in the Central Provinces and usually held on high ground emphasizing the descent from heaven, the largest Festival is possibly that of Wat Sangkat Rattana Khiri on the top of Sakaekrang Mountain.

 

Tak Bat Devo Festival

 

On the day of the festival over 500 Thai Buddhist Monks, will leave from the pavilion that is at located at the pinnacle of the temple, descending the 449 steps in single file to receive offerings of a variety of food and fruit, from both local residents and visitors, who travel from all over the Kingdom to witness this annual spectacular ceremony.

At the head of the procession the monks who represent gods Indra and Brahma carry the image of a standing Buddha and the rite ends when the last monk descends the stairway.

There are local folk plays and music performances through-out the day, with a vast selection of stalls selling all manner of local produce.

 

Tak Bat Devo Festival

 

If you are going to the festivities do try to visit the temple and its multi-tiered roof pavilion, which houses a replica of Lord Buddha’s footprint and a large bronze bell built in the reign of King Rama V (1853-1910 King Chulalongkorn – The Great Reformer).

It is said that visitors to the province who have not rung the sacred bell, have not truly seen the province.

 

Contact Details: TAT Call Centre 1672 TAT Uthai Thani Office Tel. +66 5651 4982

 

Celebrations across Thailand

Celebrations at this time of the year are conducted through-out Thailand, with a vast array of different, vibrant festivals that sit hand in hand, with the religious rites, 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.

 

Luang Wiang Lakhon Fair festivals celebrating Buddhist Lent

 

The northeastern province of Sakon Nakhon features the amazing Wax Castle possession, while in its sister 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

There is another two festivals similar to this event; Lak Phra and Tak Bat Thewo which is actually two events spread over two days and held in Songkhla Province. Southern Thailand, plus the far smaller ‘Tak Bat Thewo Rohana Fair‘ Wat Phutthawat in Kalasin Northeast Thailand.

The following day across the Kingdom, the 30 day Ritual of Krathin will begin, when monks will be offered new robes.

In Bangkok, there is the Royal Thod Kathin ceremony also known as Kathina Luang, which is attended by members of the Thai royal family. The Mon People in Bangkok also celebrate with their own colourful Tuk-baat Phra Roi River Festival

 

 

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