23 June 2017

Bun Luang & Phi Ta Khon

Phi Ta Khon is the common name for a variety of festivities held in Dan Sai, Loei province (in Thailand’s northeastern Isaan region), which take place during the first week after the 6th full moon of the year, usually in June.

 A masked procession, which takes place on the 1st day of this 3-day Buddhist merit-making holiday – also referred to as the ‘Ghost Festival’ – is called Boon Prawat and features a long, colourful parade of young men who dance and strike poses while wearing huge, somewhat frightening, masks made from carved coconut-tree trunks, topped with wicker work and sticky-rice steamers. As they parade they carry sacred Buddha images, but they also cheerfully taunt and tease the crowds of onlookers by waving oversized carved wooden phallus amulets.

On the second day of the festival the villagers gather at the temple of Wat Ponchai to listen to the 13 sermons of Prince Vessandorn being recited by local monks.

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