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Phi Ta Khon festival, Loei province
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    Phi Ta Khon festival, Loei province

    Anyone been to this? Sounds rad!

    Also, is it definitely in July this year? The Guidebook says it falls either in May or June.

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    Re: Phi Ta Khon festival, Loei province

    PHI TA KHON & BUN LUANG FESTIVAL
    JULY 4 - 6, 2008 -
    Dan Sai District, Loei District and Province

    The Phi Ta Khon festival is unique to the Dan Sai district in Loei Province and reflects the local Isan belief in ghosts and spirits. Held once a year, it is part of a grand merit-making festival known as the "Boon Luang" festival.

    The origins of the Phi Ta Khon Festival can be found in the tale of Lord Buddha's last great incarnation before attaining Enlightenment. In Buddhist accounts, it is said that when Prince Vessandara, the Buddha's penultimate incarnation, returned to his city, it was such a joyous occasion that the village spirits came forth to join the welcoming parade. This very colourful and vibrant Phi Ta Khon procession is the central focus of the celebrations.

    In a lively re-enactment of the tale, the young men of the community dress up as "spirits" wearing long trailing costumes made from colourful strips of cloth sewn together.

    Contact information:
    LOEI TOURISM CO-ORDINATOR CENTER
    Tel: +66 (0) 4281 2812, (0) 4281 1405
    Fax: +66 (0) 4281 1480

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    Re: Phi Ta Khon festival, Loei province

    Quote Originally Posted by billk View Post
    Anyone been to this? Sounds rad!

    Also, is it definitely in July this year? The Guidebook says it falls either in May or June.
    Yes, according to the TAT website it is from the 4 - 6 July this year (and not the 3 - 6 as in the Forum calendar). This webpage http://www.tatnews.org/events/events/2008/july/3659.asp has some pictures and a timetable of what happens when during this years festival.

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    Re: Phi Ta Khon festival, Loei province

    billk

    I am looking forward to going to Phi Ta Khon when the stars line up also. If you make it, then please take some pictures and post them in the Photo Gallery.

    There is a ton of "moderately organized" information linked within the thread "The List" on Phi Ta Khon. As the forum develops this event information should be a much easier read.

    Here is a quick link: http://www.thailandqa.com/forum/show...34&postcount=7
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    Re: Phi Ta Khon festival, Loei province

    Quote Originally Posted by pclev View Post
    I am looking forward to going to Phi Ta Khon when the stars line up also. If you make it, then please take some pictures and post them in the Photo Gallery.
    Oh well the stars aren't lining up for me to get to Phi Ta Khon this year. : (

    Is anyone going to make it? A blog would be very nice.

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    Re: Phi Ta Khon festival, Loei province

    Make merry ghosting

    Bangkok Post
    THANIN WEERADET



    The annual Phi Ta Khon Festival is scheduled July 4-6. During the festival Loei residents don ghost masks and parade downtown before converging at Wat Phon Chai in Dan Sai district of the province in a celebration that is a re-enactment of Vessandra's, reincarnation of Lord Buddha in his previous life, return to his palace after a long exile in forest, and to pray for abundant rainfall.

    At the heart of the festival are Ngan Bun Luang merit-making rites - Ngan Bun Prawes (marking the fourth lunar month) and Ngam Bun Bangfai (the sixth lunar month).

    This is a festival unique to Dan Sai and its residents and the dance procession an expression of their artistic intent. According to Thai mythology, both his subjects and the spirits celebrated Vessandra's return from exile by dancing in the streets.

    Also on the cards are a contest involving ghost masks, cultural performances, sale of local goods and handicraft, and Boek Phra Upakut and Bai Si religious rites, etc.

    For details, call Loei's tourist coordination centre at 042-812-812, 042-811-405.

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    Re: Phi Ta Khon festival, Loei province

    LOCAL COLOUR
    What a Freakout
    By Phoowadon Duangmee
    DAILY XPRESS


    It's the ghosts' homecoming next month - Loei's Phi Ta Khon Festival




    Halloween always comes early in Loei’s Dan Sai district, in July


    Halloween always comes early in Loei’s Dan Sai district, where the phantoms arise every July for the Phi Ta Khon Festival. On the 4th and 5th, thousands of citizens will again be dressing to shock – and hundreds of thousands of visitors will be watching their ghostly parade.
    The origins of the country’s most colourful festival have been lost to history, but some believe the Lord Buddha had a hand in it.
    They say King Vessandorn – an incarnation of Buddha – relinquished his throne for awhile to live like a monk in the forest. His decision to return to the court was cause for celebration, it’s said, and the spirits of the woods joined the local people in dancing into town.
    On July 4 the procession will form at Wat Phon Chai, everyone donning their scary costumes for a ritual paying respect to the community’s guardian spirit.
    The next day the ghosts are treated to an immense feast.
    The celebrants wear masks made from dried rice husks and painted in vivid colours, complete with long, pointed noses. They move about banging on cowbells that they wear around their waists.
    Goodnatured and fun loving, the spirits mingle in the crowd, teasing everyone into joining the procession.

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    Ahaunting we will go

    There are buses to Loei leaving Bangkok’s Morchit terminal every day. Dan Sai is about 85 kilometres away.
    The hotels book up fast, so you might need to bring a sleeping bag and bunk down at the temple.
    Find out more at www.TAT.or.th/LoeiCenter.
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