The ‘Sakon Nakhon Wax Castle Festival 2018’ is scheduled for 19-24 October and will feature amazing wax sculptures on display and exciting long-boat races at Nong Han Reservoir, Ming Muang ground and HRM Srinakarin Park (Somdet Phra Srinagarindra Park) in this northeastern province.
This annual festival is held at the end of Buddhist Lent or Ok Phansa, which is on the 12th to 15th days of the waxing moon in the 11th lunar month.
The highlight of the six-day festival is the wax castle parade on 23 October (14th day of the waxing moon) which will make its way around town to Wat Phra That Choeng Chum, where each wax castle will be set up for Buddhist worship. People believe that at Buddhist Lent, Buddha will come down from Tavatimsa Heaven (Sawan chan Dāodeung) to help people away from sadness. At 06.00 Hrs. on the following day of 24 October, there will be merit offering of food to monks at Wat Phra That Choeng Chum.
The long-boat racing takes place before this, on the night of 20 October (13th day of the waxing moon) at Nong Han Reservoir. This is also when many local people will gather to start preparing their beautifully decorated wax castles for a wax castle contest scheduled for 23 October at the Ming Muang ground.
Along with the wax castles and long-boat racing, the ‘Sakon Nakhon Wax Castle Festival 2018’ offers much more in the way of unique Thai local experiences, including traditional performances, music performances, a wax flower stick exhibition, food zone, OTOP local product sales, cycling tour of Phu Phan viewpoint and temple merit-making.
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