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Thailands Festivals and Celebrations Thailand's Festivals and Celebrations From the wet & wild Thai New Year known as SongKran, or the Pattaya Ladyboy Festivals, to the more traditional annual Thai festivals of Loy Krathong, Chakri Day, Coronation Day, FireBalls in Nongkhai, rocket festivals in Isaan to the Buffalo races in Chonburi and the Elephant round up in Surin. From local Wat festivals to national celebrations, all you experiences with Thailand holidays, ceremonies, festivals and annual events can be found here. Been to a Thai Wedding, Funeral or other Buddhist ceremony? Let us see. Your photos, youtube videos and comments are welcomed., FireBalls in Nongkhai, rocket festivals in Isaan to the Buffalo races in Chonburi and the

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Old 04-05-2011, 07:37 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Yasothon Rocket Festival May 15th

ROCKET FESTIVAL

Yasothon's big bang






The Northeastern province gets ready for its annual Bung Fai Festival

Yasothon, 600 kilometres northeast of Bangkok, is getting ready to launch its trademark rockets into the sky from May 13 to 15.

The rockets, the highlights of the annual Bung Fai Festival, mean no harm to Laos, Cambodia or even to neighbouring villages, but are aimed at the heavens and convey a very important message to the gods: "let the rain pour down on our fields".

Like many festivals in Thailand, Bung Fai "literally rockets of fire" would not be complete without plenty of fun and crazy activities. Drawing upwards of 50,000 spectators, the event features a rocket competition, crazy mud dances and plenty of eating and drinking.

This year the Korean, Vietnamese, Japanese and Lao teams will joy the Bung Fai Festival, trying to outdo the local "rocket science".

On the first few days, the locals will leave their routine work behind, and head to the local temples for rocket making.

Out on the empty Isaan plains, Yasothon folk don't need quantum physics to make their rockets fly into the blue sky. Led by monks, who seem to have the formula, these rural engineers put the gunpowder inside a long plastic pipe. The secret lies in how to make the rocket fly high.

Once the rockets are done, they're loaded on to floats. Pulled by handsome bulls, the procession marches around the town allowing visitors to admire the gigantic missiles up close. In between the procession of floats, are groups of white-powdered men wearing frog masks and doing a weird dance.

The whole atmosphere is an unfakeable indicator of the style and emotion of Isaan.

On launch day, Sunday, May 15, thousands of people will converge in Yasothon's civic park. Projectiles will be shooting off everywhere - big ones every half hour, small ones all the time. Groups of monks sit under the trees while families wander past the vendors selling beer, lao khao liquor, chicken, wooden phalluses and balloons.

The crowd thickens where the giant rocket launchers stand at the far end of the park. The respectable-sized rockets, which roar off every 30 minute, are made of blue PVC drainage pipe and packed with explosives.

The higher the rockets go, say the locals, the more rain will come. The higher the rockets go, say the gamblers, the more they'll win on their wagers. But not every rocket will fly. If yours didn't go anywhere, your team could expect an embarrassing treat - dancing in the mud until you look like walking cookies.

There is plenty of shouting.

To bring forth good rains for wealth and for survival. Most do, but some don't - generally those that are too big, too powerful and way too ambitious.

IF YOU GO

The Rocket Festival takes place in Yasothon from May 13 to 15. The hotels are usually fully booked. If you drive, take a tent, you can pitch it in the temple grounds. Mukdahan province, a short drive from Yasothon, is your best bet for a comfy bed.

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I spent the weekend up there last year for the "festival". It is really amazing what these farmers can do with lot of gunpowder and some blue water pipe. Well worth a visit if you are in the vacinity.

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Some times this place is amazing; if you sent something like that into airspace at home (USA) without the proper clearance, they would lock you up for years. Especially if there was an airport within 20 kilometers.
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