Wax Castle Festival
The Sakhon Nakhon Wax Castle Festival is held annually, occurring at the end of the Buddhist Lent period. The event pays homage to Phra That Choeng Chum, as devotees wish for a happy home life—as though they were in a castle—as well as wealth in the next life. Using beeswax, the local people create molded Buddhist temples, shrines, and other wonderful wax structures. The most artistic talents from around the province bring their creations to be shown off in a procession for all to see. In addition, there are boat races and cultural performances that showcase local lifestyles.
Rap Bua Festival
Until October 4
A tradition long celebrated by the people of Bang Phli in Samut Prakan province, this annual lotus receiving festival—known as the Rap Bua Festival—takes place in the morning. People line up along the Samrong canal to offer lotus flowers to Luang Pho Tor by throwing the lotus flowers to an elaborately decorated boat carrying an image of the Lord Buddha. You can also experience the Thai style of living in the Bang Phli retro floating market where visitors can watch the cultural performances and taste some food and/or local sweets, as well as shop for OTOP products.
Buffalo Racing Festival
Have you ever wondered how fast a buffalo can run? Well, ponder no more as the annual Buffalo Racing Festival will provide you with the thrilling answer. The event takes place in front of Chonburi Provincial Administration Office, and aside from the speed-crazy races there are lots of other activities on offer, including a Buffalo Decoration contest where you can see buffaloes amusingly decorated with colourful clothes and even sparkling jewels, and a Buffalo Pageant Contest in which you can cheer on your favourite bovine. In addition, there’s a Young Lady Farmer Contest, and lots of delectable foods from many vendors.
Illuminated Boat & Red Cross Fair
Until October 6
In every year, Illuminated Boat Procession is celebrated in Nakhon Phanom. This remarkable annual event marks the end of Buddhist Lent with a magnificent parade of illuminated boats floating past the Nakhon Phanom City Hall and along the Mekong River, decorated in lights incorporating Buddhist motifs. The event pays respect to Buddha and the sacred Naga deities inhabiting the river. In addition to the boat procession, there are street parades and various shows. Visitors can also take a stroll through the Red Cross Fair, where there are booths selling various kinds of goods as well as local performances.