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Ton Krathoop in Chaiyaphum

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This year's three-month Buddhist Lent will end on Oct 19. To mark the occasion, Chaiyaphum province and the Tourism Authority of Thailand's Nakhon Ratchasima office invite Buddhists to the Home Boon Ok Phansa celebrations set for Oct 13-17 in front of the Nong Bua Daeng district office. 

The procession of ton krathoop in Chaiyaphum.

A highlight will be the 1km-long procession of nine contesting parades decorated with ton krathoop, artificial trees made of joss sticks and colourful paper. The winner will be named on the first day. The official ceremony will begin with giving alms to monks on the morning of Oct 14. The procession of ton krathoop will be around Tambon Nong Bua Daeng Municipal Market starting at 8.30am. After that, all the krathoop trees will be displayed at Wat Ratdamnoen. In the evening, there will be local dances and games from every village in the tambon and joss sticks on the krathoop trees will be lit for three nights. Visitors can also visit the province's nine major temples, four national parks and other attractions.

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