In the temple courtyards of Ubon Ratchathani, locals prepare for their annual Candle Festival which marks the beginning of the rainy season retreat for Buddhist monks. During the celebration, huge candles are beautifully carved and paraded through the city on colorful floral floats. The parade itself, held July 11-12, not only displays the locals’ devotion to the Buddhist customs, but also showcases their renowned candle-carving skills. Apart from floats and candles, the procession also features dancers and musicians in traditional Thai attire. In addition to all that, an International Wax Sculpture Competition is held where artists from all over the world display their masterpieces.