Experience local culture and tradition at ‘Phansa Water Festival’ in Ayutthaya, central Thailand

The colorful annual celebration that floats along the city’s ancient KhlongLatChado marks KhaoPhansa, or the Buddhist Lent period.

Tourists are invited to experience this year’s “Phansa Water Festival in KhlongLatChado” which will be held in Ayutthaya on Wednesday, July 13 (also AsalhaBucha Day), to celebrate KhaoPhansa.

Khao Phansa, the first day of Buddhist Lent (vassavasa) occurs the day after the full moon of the eighth lunar month and marks the start of the rainy season when monks retire to their temples and spend three months in study and meditation. This temple retreat is based on an edict from Lord Buddha issued to ensure that monks do not damage crops or accidentally stand on hidden insects in flood waters. This year’s Buddhist Lent period begins on Thursday, July 14 and ends on Monday, October 10.

To mark such a special and spiritual occasion, the people of Ban LatChado in PhakHai district of Ayutthaya, together with the TAT office of Ayutthaya, warmly invite all to visit the 11th Phansa Aquatic Festival in KhlongLatChado, or the 11th Festival of LatChado candle parade, with the program of the day. should start at 09:00.

The festival procession takes place here along KhlongLatChado with the candles carried by local boats and decorated with flowers. Full of culture and heritage, the event is an opportunity to see the local way of life along the waterway and the scenic Thai countryside. There will also be a photo exhibition of the lifestyle of LatChado people, as well as local and retro market food items on sale at LatChado Market.

At the center of this popular annual festival which is celebrated in various locations across Thailand are intricately carved candles, which parade in colorful processions on their way to temples. Traditionally, candles were given to temples, so that monks could continue their studies until evening; today the candles accompanied in their procession by a vibrant mix of local dances, music and other festivities are a popular sight for tourists and locals alike.

For more information, contact the TAT Ayutthaya office on tel. +66 (0) 3524 6076, or email: [email protected].

Elsewhere in Thailand, the UbonRatchathani Candle Festival is another popular event marking the start of the three-month Buddhist Lent period, and is a long-standing tradition in the northeast (Is a) city of UbonRatchathani. This year, it is scheduled for July 11-17 and will center around Thung Sri Mueang, a public park located in the heart of the city. A showcase of Isan culture and heritage, there will be dancing, music and intricately carved candle sculptures parading through the city. For more details, see: Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival 2022 is set to wow visitors, or contact the TAT UbonRatchathani office on tel. +66 (0) 4524 3770; +66 (0) 4525 0714, or email: [email protected]

Other candle processions held around Thailand for KhaoPhansa include those in Chiang Mai and NakhonRatchasima. (TAT)