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    Asahabucha Day and upcoming Buddhist Lent period.

    A woman inspects a wax candle procession held in Bangkok, as part of the Buddhism promotion week to mark the Asahabucha Day and upcoming Buddhist Lent period.

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    Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival

    This year's Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival is hoping to amaze people with elaborately carved wax candles of various shapes and sizes created by local craftsmen and international artists.

    The festival, held annually to mark the start of Buddhist Lent, will this year also feature a one-month-long programme of activities and an exhibition ending on Tuesday to celebrate His Majesty the King's 80th birthday.

    Special carvings created by famous sculptors from Finland, Ukraine, Japan, Portugal, Italy, France, Germany and Thailand have added an international flavour to this year's event.

    Their works, which are on display in the Ubon Ratchathani National Museum, tell of the King's great contributions to the well being of his subjects.

    The age-old festival highlights the skills of local artisans and their religious devotion. Raywat Deekew, a Thai artist, created his carving under the concept of national unity.

    To mark the King's 80th birthday, several temples are also creating specially-designed carvings. Some temples have spent around 500,000-700,000 baht on each carving. A total of 80 wax carvings will join the candle procession parade in the province on Monday.

    In Buntharik district, a 15-metre-high carving, weighing over 13 tonnes, is being made. The production cost is around 700,000 baht. Four teams of craftsmen have been employed to create the gigantic candle. The candles will be carved into an image of Phra Mahachanok, a great king who took good care of his subjects. Phra Mahachanok is a main character in a book penned by the King.

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    Pattaya Candle Parade in preparation for Buddhist Lent.

    Candle Parade in preparation for Buddhist Lent.



    To celebrate the start of Buddhist Lent which begins on 30th July, on Friday Afternoon a parade of Lent Candles took place along Pattaya Beach Road which made its way to the Chaimongkon Temple on the South Pattaya Road.
    Students from each of Pattaya’s Schools took part in this colorful parade which will see Monks remain in their temples for a period of 3 months during the Lent Period.
    The delivery of the candles to the Temple is in preparation for Lent known in Thai as “Khao Pansaa” and the elaborate 1.2 meter high candles will remain in the temple during Lent.

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    Princely merit :On the auspicious occasion of HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn’s birthday yesterday, Royal Family members release 590,009 fish into the Chao Phya River at Wasukri Pier.

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    Elephant procession in Surin's Muang district

    Elaborately dressed mahouts lead their elephants in a procession in Surin's Muang district which was held yesterday to honour His Majesty the King ahead of his 80th birthday. Eighty elephants took part in the procession which drew many locals and tourists.

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    Chaiyaphum candle carving contests

    Chaiyaphum authorities organises the candle carving contests in the occassion of Buddhist Lent on Monday.

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    Royal Plaza to the Democracy Monument

    Celebration of respect About 10,000 people in yellow shirts and caps walk from the Royal Plaza to the Democracy Monument yesterday morning to celebrate His Majesty the King’s 80th birthday, which is on Dec 5.

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    Went to Pattaya last night what a mistake town was as dead as a road killed dog. Guess i will check the calender before driving from BKK next time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtydog View Post
    A woman inspects a wax candle procession held in Bangkok, as part of the Buddhism promotion week to mark the Asahabucha Day and upcoming Buddhist Lent period.

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    Nice jugs on the float.

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    The annual wax-sculpture contest in Nakhon Ratchasima

    Lenten spectacular :The annual wax-sculpture contest in Nakhon Ratchasima marks the beginning of the three-month Buddhist Lent on July 30.

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    Mrs Benbaaa has bravely resolved to give up both drinking and smoking for the period of Lent, which is cute, because she neither drinks or smokes.

    I'm going to give up drinking goats' blood for breakfast.

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