Phimai candle procession 2017

In Thailand, candle processions take place around the start of Buddhist Lent (kao pansa – เข้าพรรษา). The start of Buddhist Lent in 2017 is Sunday 9th July. The candle procession in Phimai takes place the day before Buddhist Lent, which is today, Saturday 8th July 2017.

Phimai candle festival 2017

Local temples and people in the local community decorate floats with wax figures and designs that mostly show Buddhist related themes.

Phimai candle festival 2017

In the morning,  starting at about 9am, the procession goes around the old part of the town, starting and finishing at the Town Clock, marked in dark red on the map below.Phimai candle procession route 2014

Children from local schools also participate in the parade, dancing, playing music or dressed up to show different themes.

Candle procession parade 2017

Tomorrow there will be a candle procession in Korat. See if you can get to it, or see you in Phimai next year.

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