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.
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.
Local temples and people in the local community decorate floats with wax figures and designs that mostly show Buddhist related themes.
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.
Children from local schools also participate in the parade, dancing, playing music or dressed up to show different themes.
Tomorrow there will be a candle procession in Korat. See if you can get to it, or see you in Phimai next year.
One colourful tree that has been in bloom in Phimai this month has been the Royal Poinciana (Latin: Delonix regia /Thai: หางนกยูงฝรั่ง – peacock tail), also called the flamboyant tree or flame tree due to its large bright red/orange/scarlet flowers.
This particular flame tree can be found growing in the area near the Banyan Tree.
A cluster of brightly coloured flowers.
The above photograph shows the fruit of the tree – a long woody legume.
A flower of the flamboyant Royal Poinciana tree in Phimai, Thailand.