In the temple courtyards of Ubon Ratchathani, men sharpen their knives and carve impressive Buddhist sculptures out of candle wax. These are then paraded through town and presented as offerings during merit making ceremonies. It’s all quite fascinating. The festivities, which kick off in the middle of July this year, are based around Thung Sri Muang Park and the Ubon Ratchathani National Museum. Some of the wax sculptures will be on display for another week or so following the event.