From now until Sunday, the southern province of Surat Thani is hosting annual religious ceremonies and traditional boat races to mark the end of the Buddhist Lent.
The annual Chak Phra ceremony at the end of the Buddhist Lent in Surat Thani.
The Chak Phra ceremony (towing a Buddha image), the Thod Phapa (presenting trees of religious objects and money to monks) ceremony and boat races on the Tapi River date back centuries and take place over nine days and nights.
A month ahead of the end of Lent, temples and villagers across the province prepare and decorate vehicles with the figures and patterns of mythical creatures for the processions of Buddha statues at the end of the fasting period.
In addition to the procession on land, the Tourism Authority of Thailand's (TAT) Surat Thani office has revived the processions of the Buddha statues along the river by supporting riverside temples to build boats called rua phanom phra for the ceremony.
After the processions, the traditional boat races for royal trophies will take place. The celebrations, cultural activities and the sale of local products will be held on Na Muang Road, Muang district, by the Tapi River.
Contact Tat's Surat Thani office on 077-288-817-9 or the Tat call centre on 1672 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Releasing fish in Lop Buri
TAT's Lop Buri office invites all to give alms to monks and release fish on Sunday at Wat Khiri Sophon, Phatthana Nikhom district, to commemorate the end of Buddhist Lent and the 2,600th anniversary of the Lord Buddha's enlightenment.
At 9.39am, 49 monks will walk down the hill to receive uncooked rice and dried food from Buddhists. Live fish donated by the participants will be later released into the Pasak River. Phoom phapa will be given to the monks at the temple.
Contact Tambon Kaeng Sua Ten Community on 036-494-2323 ext 15 or TAT's Lop Buri office on 036-770-096-7 or visit www.tat7.com.
The 2012 Phimai Festival
The evening light and sound show at Phimai, Nakhon Ratchasima.
Nakhon Ratchasima province, TAT's local office, the Fine Arts Department and concerned agencies are organising the annual 2012 Phimai Festival during Nov 7-11 at the Phrommathat Ground of Phimai Historical Park and on the banks of the Chakkarat River in Phimai district.
Highlights will include a light and sound show, Dances Beyond The Moon River, telling of the glorious period of Khmer King Jayavarman VII, during Nov 9-11, as well as traditional long-boat races on the Chakkarat and Moon rivers on Nov 10-11.
In addition, there will be a Korat cat competition, khon masked performance by the Fine Arts Department, local cultural performances and a local food cooking contest.
Visitors will hear the story of the Phimai Monument from Phimai Witthaya School's students and youth guides, and enjoy shopping for local products and watching fun performances.
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