Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival

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Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival

Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival
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Thailand is a country very rich in the arts. One annual festival which definitely showcase the skills of Thai artists is the Candle Festival, held in Ubon Ratchathani, in the Northeastern part of Thailand. The main event is the Candle possession which takes place on the full moon of July which marks the beginning of Buddhist Lent. You will see huge pieces of sculpture carved out of beeswax candles, decorated with Thai elements and often depicting characters from Thai and Hindu myths and folklores. There is usually a competition and exhibition for these candle sculptures and artists from all over the world come to Thailand to participate. It is a beautiful event that visitors should not miss.
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Natee P
Bangkok, Thailand105 contributions
Oct 2018 • Family
One thing in Ubon when you come to visit you should see it.
Ubon now is very nice city in Thailand There have a nice food esp SOMTOO
Spicy

Now in Ubon esay to go for visiting aroud the city because,now there Taxi metter that you can call.

You will happy when you visiting UBON
Written October 16, 2018
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Pemakorn P
Bangkok, Thailand112 contributions
Jul 2015 • Solo
Candle parade on Buddhist Lent Day is an important tradition in Ubon Ratchathani and many parts of Thailand. The festival in Ubon is one of the largest and the oldest in Thailand (2015 parade was the 114th year this event was held).

A two-week long festival to celebrate Buddhist Lent Day that starts with the construction of massive candle floats made by temples from communities around Ubon Ratchathani. If you visit during the early part of the festival, you can go to the temples and see how the candles were made and carved.

The main event is in the morning of Buddhist Lent Day where all the candle floats will be paraded through the city. But there are also two additional parades, one the night before Buddhist Lent Day and one in the evening of Buddhist Lent Day.
Written December 25, 2015
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AomAmm
Thailand453 contributions
Aug 2018 • Solo
Each year in July, there will be the Buddhist Lent day which all monks should stay at the temples and cannot sleep somewhere else. In ancient age, this day has established because of the monsoon season so people cannot ask the monks to stay out of the temples. During these 3 months, Buddhist will make merit and give the candles and necessary stuffs for monsoon season for the monks. The big candle is the most necessary thing in that age which they did not have electricity.Nowadays no one use a candle during the night but the tradition is still going on.
Written August 2, 2018
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APinBKK
Bangkok, Thailand184 contributions
Jul 2017 • Couples
The wax carvings are intricate and visually stunning. The whole city is filled with festive joy. I highly recommend seeing this festival as it gives you a great glimpse into Thai culture and festivals.
Written July 15, 2017
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Victoria S
15 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
It was a special festival happpened in ubon Ratchathani every year. There were many hand made candle boats which were huge and each design was special. There were also food market around the festival. It was easy to find for location and fun to visit.
Written March 23, 2019
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Instantcalmer
Yasothon, Thailand1,011 contributions
Jul 2018 • Family
This festival is truly amazing. It would have to be on a par with the Harbin China Ice Festival.
Apparently it all started about 100 years and has grown where each local temple creates a wax sculpture on a float to honour Buddhist Lent with Hindu and Buddhist legend themes. Buddhist mural art brought to life. I counted about 30 different floats primarily in yellowish to gold colouring but some with splashes of other colors and the intricate detail is amazing. Apparently the craftsmen devote almost a year of effort to this.
Because its at Buddhist Lent from the lunar calendar the date varies each year so you need to google the date for each year The city is buzzing and accommodation is booked out long before.
Really worth the effort to get here. Outstanding festival.

Written July 28, 2018
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Ice_Pongsakorn
Buriram Province, Thailand151 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
I love this festival so much because i can see Thai art, Thai dance and Thai unity etc. If you like to travel festival, you shouldn't miss this fest. with any reasons.
Written June 1, 2017
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Raelene H
Melbourne, Australia1,508 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
If you have a chance to visit the annual candle festival at Ubon Ratchathani that marks the beginning of the Buddhist Lent, then don't miss the opportunity. We arrived two days before the parade and visited the main wats to see the floats being made. The evening before the official parade the floats are brought into the area surrounding the main city park with much music and dancing. A wonderfully exciting and vibrant festival, with Thais in their national dress. Around an hour by plane from Bangkok and under two hours flying time from Chiang Mai. Don't worry if you don't get a seat in the stand for the parade. We did, but left the stand to see the floats preparing to take their place in the parade. Very hot in full sun if you are in the stand, and everyone has their umbrellas up to shade them. Colourful, but destroys the view. We enjoyed the time walking around the people, bands and floats on the street more than sitting in the stand. The craftsmanship, colour and atmosphere are brilliant.
Written July 24, 2016
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Charles W
38 contributions
Jul 2016 • Couples
We went before the crowd to look for furniture many booths and entertainment for all. Have food, games and anything else you are looking for.
Written July 17, 2016
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steve hannant
Ubon Ratchathani, Thailand23 contributions
May 2019 • Solo
I must see if you are there for the festival. Giant floats are used in a parade. Temples try to outdo each other for the best float made from wax. The monument in the main park square is magnificent.
Written May 18, 2019
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