It has been very hot in Phimai for the last few days. It is 38C again today.
I read a newspaper report from the UK yesterday saying that a heatwave is coming there soon: 20 to 21 C. Oh how I laughed.
There was a big turnout.
Runners waiting at the start line.
And they’re off!
Below, winning the 4km fun run.
Below, winners receiving their prizes.
Free T-shirt for the runners included in the price of entry.
Phimai running club members gather for a post-race group photo.
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.
A few photographs taken in Phimai this month.
1. A rural scene only a few kilometres from the town centre.
2. Phimai barrage dam gates fully open.
3. People having fun playing in flood water.
4. Inside the Phimai rice research centre.
5. Inundated trees.
6. Sunset at the bypass junction – 22 October 2017.
7. Rural sunset – 24 October 2017.
A photograph of the city pillar (lak-meuang / หลักเมือง) in Phimai town.
Some people believe that city pillars are related to the original centre a town or city.
The city pillar in Phimai town is located next to the temple “wat derm“.
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.
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.