UBON RATCHATHANI, 29th July 2018 (NNT) – Ubon Ratchathani province on Saturday held a mass candle procession to mark the beginning of this year’s Buddhist Rains Retreat.
Presided over by Ubon Ratchathani Sarit Witoon, the parade featured 54 giant candles, beautiful sculptures of deities and mystical creatures made of candle wax, and Buddha statues.
This year’s festival, the 117th of its kind, was joined by local officials, representatives of the private sector, members of the general public, and several foreign dignitaries including ambassadors and consuls general of Bhutan, China, Lao PDR, and Vietnam.
Not only celebrating the annual Buddhist Lent, the parade is part of the province’s campaign to boost local tourism through cultural and traditional activities that foreign and Thai tourists find enjoyable.
Buddhist Lent is a period of three lunar months during the rainy season when monks are required to remain in one particular place, usually their temples. Since ancient times, when the first day of the Buddhist Lent arrives, most Buddhists take the opportunity to make their own resolutions to cease bad deeds. Laypeople try to mirror the good example of the monks as much as possible.