Held during the 12th-15th day of waxing moon in October, to mark the end of Buddhist Lent, the Sakon Nakhon Wax Castle Festival is an exciting showcase of Thai artistry and craftsmanship. On the evening of the 1st day, people will join together in decorating the wax castle at Ming Muang Field. The 2nd day, beautiful wax castles from different temples will join the procession, roaming the municipality to Wat Phra That Cherngchum Woravihara. In this region of Northeastern Thailand, the spiritual objective behind this event is to pay homage to Phra That Choeng Chum and to wish for life in a happy home, such as a castle, and the wish for wealth if they reincarnated in human form.
The Wax Castle Festival is the biggest parade in Thailand’s Isaan region, and before the main attraction the city’s river bustles with activity, as traditional long-boat races compete for the HRH Princess Sirindhorn Cup. As many as 100 crews take part, including some from Laos (directly across the border). On the final day a parade of wax “castles”, which are, in actuality, anything from ornate trees to Buddhist temples and shrines, carved from beeswax by local artists, makes its way through the center of town. The procession is also a backdrop for numerous cultural performances and entertainments, all highlighting the province’s rural way of life. These ancient traditions have been passed down from generation to generation through Sakon Nakhon locals, and offer a unique glimpse into the ancient heritage of this province.