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May 11 - May 13
The annual Rocket Festival (Bun Bang Fai Festival), the superstition of firing locally-made bamboo rockets towards the heavens in hopes of beckoning the rain-gods before crop season, will be taking place across local communities in Thailand’s Northeastern Region, or Isan, with its biggest showcase appearing in Yasothon.
On the first day, villagers will bring their homemade bamboo rockets to pay respect to the city’s pillar shrine. On the second day, there will be a Buddhist merit-making ceremony, followed by a spectacular procession of Bang Fai floats and folk dances that represent teams from local villages or temples. This will conclude with another ritual to pay respect to the city’s pillar shrine. The final day will again start with a Buddhist merit-making ceremony, followed by another procession of Bang Fai floats and folk dances but will conclude at Phaya Thaen Park. Here villagers will fire homemade bamboo rockets into the skies with the belief that their prayers for abundant rain and a bountiful harvest will be answered.
Throughout the three-day event, visitors can enjoy the preparation and rehearsal of Bang Fai parades by different local villages. There will be displays of several rockets shooting, including the auspicious inaugural Bang Fai, fortune Bang Fai, fancy rocket shooting and contest, and a competition for teams with the highest flying and most elaborate Bang Fai rockets.
Source from TATNEWS.