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Candle Festival

Venue: Ubon Ratchathani

The Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival is by far the most elaborate of the traditional candle procession ceremonies in Thailand that mark Asanha Bucha day, the start of the Buddhist Lent. Held in Ubon Ratchathani, in the country’s northeastern Isaan region, this festival is a major event for both residents and tourists. Usually taking place in July, this event sees competitors unveiling their breathtakingly elaborate wax sculptures – each representing a local temple, district or other institution – which are then paraded through the town. This procession of candle floats from the various temples, each with a beautiful lady representing an angel, moves from the front of Wat Si Ubon Rattanaram and along the road to Thung Si Muang, a park in the middle of the city, where they are decorated and then exhibited in the evening. These candles are, of course, never burned, but during the evening there are small processions with lighted candles at several temples.

The Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival is by far the most elaborate of the traditional candle procession ceremonies in Thailand that mark Asanha Bucha day, the start of the Buddhist Lent. Held in Ubon Ratchathani, in the country’s northeastern Isaan region, this festival is a major event for both residents and tourists. Usually taking place in July, this event sees competitors unveiling their breathtakingly elaborate wax sculptures – each representing a local temple, district or other institution – which are then paraded through the town. This procession of candle floats from the various temples, each with a beautiful lady representing an angel, moves from the front of Wat Si Ubon Rattanaram and along the road to Thung Si Muang, a park in the middle of the city, where they are decorated and then exhibited in the evening. These candles are, of course, never burned, but during the evening there are small processions with lighted candles at several temples.

The Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival is by far the most elaborate of the traditional candle procession ceremonies in Thailand that mark Asanha Bucha day, the start of the Buddhist Lent. Held in Ubon Ratchathani, in the country’s northeastern Isaan region, this festival is a major event for both residents and tourists. Usually taking place in July, this event sees competitors unveiling their breathtakingly elaborate wax sculptures – each representing a local temple, district or other institution – which are then paraded through the town. This procession of candle floats from the various temples, each with a beautiful lady representing an angel, moves from the front of Wat Si Ubon Rattanaram and along the road to Thung Si Muang, a park in the middle of the city, where they are decorated and then exhibited in the evening. These candles are, of course, never burned, but during the evening there are small processions with lighted candles at several temples.



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