THE MERIT-MAKING AND PHI TA KHON MASKED FESTIVAL

PHI-TA-KHON-FESTIVALDate: 24-26 June 2017, Saturday-Monday

Venue: Phon Chai Temple, Dan Sai, Loei

Activities:
Every year, Dan Sai district in Loei province in the northeast of Thailand stages a colorful event known as Bun Luang or Bun Pawat and the famous Phi Ta Khon Festival. This is a unique celebration of the province and the colourful processions and masked villagers ensure that every year, a large number of visitors come to the little village to enjoy the fun.

The most recognised feature of the Phi Ta Khon, or Ghost festival, is the colourful parade of locals who dance and strike poses while wearing huge masks creatively made from carved coconut-tree trunks, topped with wicker sticky-rice steamers that make them appear taller and more grotesque. It is thought the event has its origins in a fertility festival but these days it’s part of a two-day merit-making event. It has become one of the most popular festivals of Isan alongside other events such as the rocket festival.

In addition to the unique masked parade through the town, there are other activities to enjoy, including the Phi Ta Khon mask contest, a Junior Phi Ta Khon contest, a recitation of the 13 sermons of Phra Vessandorn – about a previous life of the Lord Buddha, and exhibition booths from public and private sectors. There is also a fun food festival and booths selling local products.

For more information:
Dan Sai District Office Tel: 042 891 266
TAT Loei Office Tel: 042 812 812

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