||Events & Festivals
This is the holiest of all Buddhist religious days, marking the birth,
enlightenment, and death of the Buddha. As on Magha Puja, temples throughout
the country are crowded with people who come to listen to sermons by revered
monks. In the evening there are solemn candlelit processions around major
Bun Bangfai Rocket Festival
Northeastern villagers fashion rockets of all kinds, some of them several
meters long. The launching of these rockets is believed to ensure plentiful
rains during the coming rice planting season.
This ancient Brahman ritual celebrates the official commencement of the
rice-growing season and is staged at Sanam Luang, the large field across
the Grand Palace. Colorful costumes are worn by the participants who perform
various ceremonies that are believed to forecast the abundance of the
next rice crop.