One of the noisiest festivals on the calendar takes place in the usually sleepy Northeastern town of Yasothorn. For the Bun Bung Fai Rocket Festival, farmers pack giant, ornate rockets
(bung fai) full of homemade explosives, drag them on elaborate traditional cart to the launch sight and then, on the third day, fire them high into the sky. Why? According to the folklore, the first raindrops of the rice planting season only fall when the gods are in the mood for love. Firing missiles in their direction is said to stimulate them into action. Lots of rambunctious Isan-style merriment-comedy, fun fairs, beauty contests, and mor-lam folk music accompany the festivities.
May 8 – 10