Ancestral Worship in Isan

The northeastern provinces of Si Sa Ket and Surin will host the San Done Ta Khmer-style ceremony from Oct 10-12 with the aim of conserving local tradition and promoting tourism. Si Sa Ket is home to Khmer, Lao, Suay and Yeu ethnic group descendants, while Surin is home to Khmer, Lao and Kui ethnic groups, along with local Thais.

The San Done Ta ceremony in Si Sa Ket.

Boonyanuch Wannaying, director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand's Surin Office, said northeastern Thais whose ancestors were Khmer give offerings to the spirits of their predecessors on the 14th day of the waning moon of the 10th lunar month. This occasion is also a family reunion.

The ceremony in Si Sa Ket will take place from Oct 11-12 in front of Khu Khan District Office. Preceded by religious chanting and Thai traditional music starting at 6pm on Oct 11, merit-making and rituals for worshipping the Lak Muang Shrine (city pillar) and the spirits of town guardians and local people's ancestors will be performed on Oct 12 at 6am.

At 11am on Oct 12, the procession of offerings will begin along with cultural performances, such as maemod (witches) dance, apsara dance and a kantruem performance. There will also be khao tom mud (sticky rice with banana filling) dessert contests and the sale of nam wa (bananas), as well as One Tambon One Product (Otop) goods.

In Surin, the festival is set for Oct 10-12. It will begin with a kantruem performance on the Phathai Saran Stage, Muang district, on Oct 10. On the final day, the procession of offerings (food, desserts like khao tom mud and krayasart (a nugat-like rice and peanut blend) for the ancestors, and khruang joon done ta (food, desserts and fruits) for elder relatives amid traditional music and dances will start in front of the provincial hall and end in front of the statue of former Surin governor Phraya Surinpakdi Srinarong Jangwang, Muang district.

Call the Muang Khu Khan Municipality on 045-671-022, TAT's Surin Office on 044-514-447, or TAT Call Centre 1672 or email tatsurin@tat.or.th.

Vegetarian festival

The Shrine of Chao Phor Sua and other Chinese shrines in Nakhon Ratchasima encourage all devotees to eat vegetarian food, adhere to Buddhist precepts and practice dhamma during the Muang Korat Vegetarian Festival from Oct 15-23, in Nakhon Ratchasima. This annual Chinese festival lasts from the first day of the waxing moon of the 9th Chinese lunar month until the 9th day.

The procession of the spirits of Chinese deities from 25 shrines in this northeastern province will take place in the downtown area starting at 8.59am on Oct 18. It will be followed by a few other rituals, such as chanting, crossing an auspicious bridge and visiting nine sacred sites in Nakhon Ratchasima.

Contact Korat Thai-Chinese Vegetarian Club on 044-341-222 or the TAT's Nakhon Ratchasima Office on 044-213-030.

Retro Bang Saen

The Bang Saen Retro Fair, hosted by the Muang Saen Sook Municipality and Chon Buri Provincial Administration Organisation, will take place at Laem Thaen in Bang Saen, Chon Buri, on Friday and Saturday. Amid disco-style ambience, participants will enjoy concerts by chart-topping band Suntharaporn, bands from the 1980s, such as girl group Sao Sao Sao, Royal Sprite and Pink Panther, and singer Suchart Chawangkoon.

Activities include disco dancing, ramwong dancing, a social dance show, a retro costume contest and the sale of a variety of goods, food and beverages. Admission is free.

Call the municipality on 038-193-500 ext 322.


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