Tourists flock to see Naga Fireballs

Naga Fireballs

Naga Fireballs

Tourists have flocked to Khong Chiam district in the northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani (See Ubon Ratchathani Hotels) to see the Naga Fireballs which are expected to rise from the Mekong River.

According to Tambon Huaypai Administrative Organization, thousands of tourists from Ubon Ratchathani (See Ubon Ratchathani Hotels) and other provinces have traveled to the tambon to see the unexplainable phenomenon. Roads have been renovated while parking spaces and audience stands have been arranged at different locations along the river to accommodate more than 10,000 tourists. Police and civil defense volunteers are recruited to ensure safety both on land and in the river.The Naga Fireballs festival this year will commence with a ritual to worship the Mekong River and the Nagas to be followed by Krathong floating ceremony and illuminated boats procession. Social Development and Human Security Minister Issara Somchai will preside over the opening ceremony tonight. Last year, tourists witnessed about 50-60 Naga Fireballs.

The presence of Naga Fireballs is a mysterious event and takes place in the full moon night of the 11th lunar month or the end of the Buddhist Lent. According to the legend, nagas performed such fireballs for the Lord Buddha upon his return to the earth.