This year’s Phimai festival takes place from the 8th to the 12th of November 2017.
Events and activities include a Korat cat contest, a cultural show at Phimai historical park and longboat racing. Longboat racing will take place during the last 2 days of the festival – the 11th and 12th of November 2017 – in the usual location, Lam Jakarat. You can view the racing along the sides of the river and from the bridge on Anantachinda Road.
Teams have been out practising for the long boat racing.
Come along next month and cheer them on and enjoy the Phimai festival.
The annual Phimai festival takes place this year from the 11th to 15th November 2015.
Events include long boat racing, a Korat cat contest, music concerts and a musical show each evening at the Phimai historical park. Other events will take place and in the centre of the town stalls have been set up that will sell food, drinks and various other items.
The long boat racing this year is scheduled for Saturday 14 and Sunday 15 November in the usual location in the town, Lam Jakaraat. Good views of the racing can be had along the sides of the river and from the bridge on Anantachinda Road.
There will be a series of music concerts for five days of the festival – from 11 to 15th November. The Mahahing band kicks off this years concerts on 11 November, Pongsit Kampee will perform on 12th November, Ja Gan Hoo on the 13th November, Labanoon will play on 14th November, and Wong Gang-geng play the final concert on 15th November. Come to Phimai and enjoy the festival.
The loy gratong festival takes place in Thailand in November when there is a full moon. Loy Gratong literally means “float gratong”. Agratong is typically a small decorated receptacle made from banana leaves and a piece of banana tree trunk, although sometimes they are made of other materials (foam, for example) and sometimes they are very large. The gratongs are floated in rivers, canals, ponds and anywhere else there is water.
You can make your own gratong or you can buy one. You will find many people selling them. Prices vary depending on size. 20-30 baht is common but bigger ones can cost more.
A candle on the gratong is lit and often a small coin is also placed on the gratong. Traditionally Thais floated a gratong as an apology for any harm they have done to water in the last year but nowadays people usually make a wish as they launch their gratong.
The scene can be a beautiful sight for a few hours but in the morning the water is in a worse state than 24 hours before.
The loy gratong festival usually includes food, markets, music, singing, dancing and games.
Fireworks are also let off and so are floating lanterns.
Enjoy the loy gratong festival in Phimai today, the 6th of November 2014.
The annual Phimai festival will be held this year from the 5th to 9th November 2014.
Events include long boat racing, a Korat cat contest, a bird contest, singing, Thai dancing and a show at the Phimai historical park. Other events will take place and in the centre of the town stalls have been set up that will sell food, drinks, clothing and various other items.
Tomorrow, 5th November, there will be a Thai puppet show in the historical park. It is scheduled to start at 6pm.
The long boat racing this year is scheduled for 6-9 November in the usual location, Lam Jakarat. Good views of the racing can be had from the bridge on Anantachinda Road.
There will be a series of music concerts on each day of the festival. Bank from Clash will appear on 5th November, Family Valentine on 6th November, Labanoon on 7th November, Malihuanna on 8th November and Wong Gang-geng on 9th November.
The Korat Cat contest takes place in the afternoon of Saturday 8th November in the local government building (amper). The bird show takes place on Sunday 9th November.
Phimai is a great place to see longboat racing. Every year during the Phimai festival in November there is longboat racing. This weekend (11-12 October) saw 2 days of longboat racing in gra-bueang-yai (กระเบื้องใหญ่), a small village about 4 miles from Phimai town.
The longboat race course – a straight line.
A women’s team winning their race.
The event was held to mark the end of Buddhist Lent (ork pansa –ออกพรรษา), which was on 8th October this year.
It was the 16th annual longboat racing event to be held in gra-bueang-yai, Phimai district.
Next month will see the Phimai festival in Phimai town. Longboat racing is scheduled for 6-9 November in the usual location, Lam Jakarat, with access from Anantachinda Road or nearby. Good views of the racing can be had from the bridge on Anantachinda Road. For details of the 2014 Phimai festival see here:
In Phimai, as in some other towns and cities in Thailand, a parade or procession is held which is commonly called a candle festival or candle procession. It is a procession or parade of wax decorated floats which have a large candle making up part of the decoration.
Local temples and people in the local community decorate floats with figures that mostly show Buddhist related themes.
The decorated floats are judged and prizes are given to the winners of each category. One of this year’s winners was the float from wat burapa-pimon – shown above and below.
There are also prizes for groups of people from local communities who dress up and enter the parade either walking or with a float. In the morning, the procession goes around the old part of the town starting and finishing at the Town Clock. Prize winners are announced in the area near the Town Clock, marked in dark red on the map below.
Candle processions in Thailand take place around the start of Buddhist Lent (kao pansa – เข้าพรรษา). The start of Buddhist Lent in 2014 is 12 July. The candle procession in Phimai takes place the day before Buddhist Lent, which is today, 11 July 2014,
In Korat, the candle procession will take place tomorrow, 12 July in 2014, the start of Buddhist Lent in Thailand. Buddhist Lent in Thailand continues for three months. The end of Buddhist Lent (ork pansa – ออกพรรษา) in Thailand in 2014 will be on 8 October.