Elegance", the Thailand Grand Festival theme for July, highlights
the Candle Festival of Ubon Ratchathani province, an annual event on the
Thailand Calendar of Events.
festival features a great candle procession which reflects the devout
belief in Buddhism, time-honoured traditions and rituals associated with
"Khao Phansa" or the Buddhist Lent, as well as the beauty and uniqueness
of the art and culture of the Northeastern region.
Ratchathani is home to a great number of craftsmen in several fields who
continue to produce exceptional work in contemporary art, local
handicrafts, Buddhist art and architecture, particularly the ornate work
that adorn the
temples of Ubon Ratchathani. The magnificent wax candles highlighted
during The Candle Festival is the media by which local artisans express
their artistic talent.
During the days of the festival, special
displays, demonstrations and cultural presentations offer insight into
local traditions, beliefs and way of life. For example, see how candles
for religious worship are cast, learn about meditation techniques at Wat
Nong Pa Phong Temple, and traditional chanting.
communities and temples where candles are made and crafted two or three
days before the Royal Candle Procession. Learn about the techniques and
methods used as well as the designs applied to the candles. Witness the
rituals performed for welcoming the procession.