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    Nan Rocket festival - Pra That Poo Chae

    Every year, on Visakha Bucha day, celebrations take place at Prathat Poo Chae, a more than 200 years old prathat on a hilltop in Nan province, Nanoi district.



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    Here the real thing:







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    The Buddhas of the days of the week are mounted with bowls where you may drop a Baht coin for good luck.
    Either for the weekday of your birthday, or a coin in each of the bowls is even better:

    Incense and flowers:

    Inside the adjecant building:

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    Prayer assembly:



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    Guys from our village with their 'rockets':



    Watching from a safe distance:


    Last edited by stroller; 31-05-2007 at 12:20 PM.

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    Final preparations:



    Our guy coming forward:



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    Seems the rockets are as intricately designed as the ladder is

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    By the looks they still make them as they would have 50 years ago un like the ones in our area which are all PVC.
    I always thought it was just a Isan thing

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    So how many fcukwits will blow themselves up this year? Mind you, probably less injuries than caused by fireworks in the west.

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    What makes you think there would be any injuries?

    I wonder who the "fcukwit" here is, take a minute to look at the pics.

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    1999 in Yasothon - five deaths, eleven injuries from one wayward rocket.


    Also from last year:

    Minister's rocket veers off course, explodes

    YASOTHON: -- A Bang Fai festival in the northeastern town of Yasothon almost ended in tragedy yesterday when a one-tonne rocket slammed into a mango tree and exploded.

    The rocket, billed as the world's biggest home-made one, damaged property but caused no injuries. Onlookers said that if it were not for the mango tree the rocket would have ended up in someone's house.

    It was launched by Pongsak Ruktapongpisal, Thai Rak Thai Party deputy secretary-general and caretaker transport minister, who was chairman of the festival.

    With thousands of startled villagers looking on, the rocket veered off course and zoomed towards a village about four kilometres away. It sliced the mango tree in two before exploding and sending shrapnel over a wide area, damaging a van and windows of nearby houses.

    "I heard a sound like a storm, which then turned into the sound of thunder," said Kanchit Chantarasarn, 32, whose garage was slightly damaged.

    Thanawut Paktaranikorn, chairman of the Yasothon Municipal Council, said the council would be responsible for damage caused by the rocket.

    The rocket worth Bt600,000 was financed by Thalerng Wutthijamnong, a rich man from the area.

    After the rocket mishap at about 1.30pm, an obviously upset Pongsak cancelled the rest of his itinerary and left to board a flight to Ubon Ratchathani.

    Pongsak is one of a number of senior Thai Rak Thai figures accused by an Election Commission panel of being involved in a scheme to hire small parties to provide "fake" competition for his party in the April 2 general election.

    Pongsak has denied the charges.

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    Takes a few seconds for the gifs to get going

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    Quote Originally Posted by Gerbil
    Pongsak is one of a number of senior Thai Rak Thai figures accused by an Election Commission panel of being involved in a scheme to hire small parties to provide "fake" competition for his party in the April 2 general election. Pongsak has denied the charges.
    It seems politicians in Thailand can't get prosecuted in criminal courts, so he'll be ok.

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    Great stuff as always stroll....I know it's stupid but I keep reading the thread title and giggling as I think of a festival where a blue touch paper is lit under old ladies who then rocket into the air.

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