“Bun Phawet” or merit making of the 4th lunar month. It is one of the most important traditions that showcases the identity and pride of the people of Loei that has been held successively for a long time. “Phawet” is a word in which the people of the Northeast have corrupted the pronunciation from “Phra Wes” (Phra Wessandon), name of the last reincarnation of the Lord Buddha before his birth as Prince Siddhartha. Salient features in this event are the sermon on Phra Wessandon of Thet Maha Chat (The Great Birth) which consists of 13 episodes that are to be completed within a day.
The belief behind this tradition is that the participant in this preaching would be born again into the religion of Phra Si Ariya Metrai – the land of happiness as per the Buddhist belief inviting Phra Uppakhut who people of the Northeast believe is a patron of the Phawet ceremony, procession inviting Phra Wessandon and his wife, Lady Matsi, to return to the city, enjoy listening to the sermon on Phra Malai Muen Phra Malai Saen, enjoy the special cuisine of this fair, Khanom Jin, (Thai vermicelli or khao poon) and steamed sticky rice (khao tom mut) to give away to visitors and offer to the monks in the temple. Hence, there is a saying that “go to khao poon and take the merit at Bun Phawet”, enjoy viewing the procession of Phra Uppakhut, 13 episodes of the great sermon Mahachat, processions of each episode, enjoy free khao poon, Northeastern style dinner, and light and sound presentation.
Venue: Roi Et