International Wax Candle Festival

International Wax Candle Festival and Wax Candle Procession

One of the biggest and most beautiful festivals in Thailand is the Candle Procession which marks the start of the Buddhist Lent. In Thai this is called Khao Phansa which is the day after the full moon in July.  Traditionally during this period, Thai Buddhists take part in parades to their local temples where they offer basic essentials and candles to the monks. The biggest and most famous parade in Thailand is the International Wax Candle Festival and Wax Candle Procession at Thung Si Mueang Park in Ubon Ratchathani province.

International Wax Candle Festival and Wax Candle Procession

International Wax Candle Festival and Wax Candle Procession

International Wax Candle Festival and Wax Candle Procession

International Wax Candle Festival and Wax Candle Procession

International Wax Candle Festival and Wax Candle Procession

International Wax Candle Festival and Wax Candle Procession

International Wax Candle Festival and Wax Candle Procession

International Wax Candle Festival and Wax Candle Procession

International Wax Candle Festival and Wax Candle Procession

Map showing location of  International Wax Candle Festival:

GPS Coordinates: 15.229963, 104.857695

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4 comments

  1. Rael says:

    Richard,
    Hi. We met briefly in Dan Sai recently during Phi Ta Khon. I mentioned that I recognized you from your photo on your blog and was asking you questions about your travels and residence in Thailand. I have been living in Huai Khwang, Bangkok for about 9 months now.

    I would like to go to Ubon Ratchathani for the Candle Festival at the end of July. Do the processions and festivities take place over two days, July 30-31 (Thurs-Fri.)? Or is it primarily just one day or the other? (in fact, more than one website shows the 2015 dates as Fri.-Sun., July 10-12 … can that be correct?)

    On my way there, I might like to stay in Sisaket for a day or two. Can you recommend any interesting things to do, see, experience in Sisaket? Or a pleasant but not too expensive place to stay?

    Thanks,
    Rael

    • Rael says:

      Also: Do you happen to have a daily schedule of events for the festival, or know where I might find one? Thanks.

      • Richard Barrow says:

        There is nothing in English and I’ve only seen a schedule posted on Facebook. But the quality of the image and the size of the Thai font was so small it was difficult for me to read. I’ve asked them for the original. I will post on http://www.ThaiFestivalBlogs.com once I have something.

    • Richard Barrow says:

      It was good to meet you the other day. Thanks for coming over to say hello. Yes, the main dates are 30-31 July 2015. In the evening of 30th July there will be a small procession and display of the wax candles. Then the main parade is on the morning of 31st July at about 9:30am. I will try and get more information later.

      I haven’t been to Sisaket for years so cannot really comment.

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