Phimai “mini-marathon” 2017

Early this morning, Phimai town hosted some road races; 10.5km, 5km and a 4km fun run.Phimai December 2017

There was a big turnout.

Runners waiting at the start line.

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And they’re off!

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Sprinting for the line in the men’s 10.5km race.Phimai

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Below, winning the 4km fun run.

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Below, winners receiving their prizes.

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Free T-shirt for the runners included in the price of entry.

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Trophies

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Phimai running club members gather for a post-race group photo.

 

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Phimai festival 2017

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.

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Teams have been out practising for the long boat racing.

Phimai festival 2017

Come along next month and cheer them on and enjoy the Phimai festival.

Pictures from Phimai – October 2017

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.

The “city pillar” in Phimai

A photograph of the city pillar (lak-meuang / หลักเมือง) in Phimai town.

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The city pillar is covered and is used as a shrine (ศาล) to house the local guardian spirit – “jao-por lak-meuang pimai – เจ้าพ่อหลักเมืองพิมาย”. ศาลเจ้าพ่อหลักเมืองพิมาย

Some people believe that city pillars are related to the original centre a town or city.

city pillar Phimai หลักเมือง

The city pillar in Phimai town is located next to the temple “wat derm“.

 

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.

Phimai in bloom – April 2017

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.

หางนกยูงฝรั่งThis particular flame tree can be found growing in the area near the Banyan Tree.

Royal PoincianaA cluster of brightly coloured flowers.

flame tree fruitThe above photograph shows the fruit of the tree – a long woody legume.

Delonix regiaA flower of the flamboyant Royal Poinciana tree in Phimai, Thailand.