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  • Tom 1:08 pm on October 31, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , banana leaves, , , candles, , , , , flowers, incense sticks, khlong, khom fai, Khom Loi, , Lanna traditio, , , lunar month, musical performances, Nang Noppamas, , Pra Mae Khong Kha, , , , water,   

    Loy Krathong Festival 

    Loy Kratong Festival

    As the moon radiates at its fullest on the twelfth lunar month, countless lanterns are set to glide on the waters of the rivers and khlongs. Made from a section of a banana tree trunk embroidered with elaborately folded banana leaves, flowers, candles and incense sticks, the once dark, still waters come to life as the lanterns glimmer like stars. Fireworks explode in the sky with colors and the Nang Noppamas beauty pageant is held to search for the loveliest lady in the Thai national costume.

    Loy means to float and Krathong means a vessel. Held annually on the full moon night of November, the Loy Krathong tradition of setting afloat the krathongs can be traced back to the 14th century in the reign of King Ramkhamhaeng of Sukhothai when his favorite consort Nang Noppamas created a lotus-shaped krathong to pay tribute to the Lord Buddha’s footprints on Nammathanathi River in India. (More …)

  • Tom 8:58 am on October 11, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , Huaypai, Khong Chiam, , Krathong floating, lunar month, , , Naga, Naga Fireballs, Nagas, , tambon, , , , Ubon Ratchathani   

    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. (More …)

  • Tom 4:46 pm on September 16, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , , Chinese calendar, , Devil, Ethic Chinese, , fresh market, Ghost festival, God, God of Devil, happiness, Hungry Ghost festival, lunar, lunar month, , , , Por Tor, Por Tor Kong, Ranong, ,   

    Por Tor festival VDO Story of Phuket 

    Ethic Chinese in Phuket believe that Por Tor Kong is a God of Devil. During the seventh lunar month in the Chinese calendar, it is believed to be the period when spirits are released. The gates are opened and spirits releasedto wander or revisit homes.

    This is the fresh market on Ranong Road under the Office of Phuket City.

    Residents here held the Por Tor or Hungry Ghost festival to make merits & offerings to their ancestors. (More …)

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