What: The Phi Ta Khon Festival. Also known as the Ghost Festival.
Where: Dan Sai district in Loei province in Thailand’s Northeastern Region
When: 16-18 June, 2018
Why: for three days of merrymaking with the locals, who dance and strike poses while wearing huge masks creatively made from carved coconut-tree trunks, topped with wicker sticky-rice steamers that make them appear taller and more grotesque. It is one of the most popular festivals of Isan alongside other events, such as, the Bun Bang Fai rocket festival.
What Else: Besides the unique masked parade through the town, there are several traditional rituals and Buddhist ceremonies at Wat Phon Chai temple, such as, a recitation of the thirteen sermons of Phra Vessandorn – about a previous life of the Lord Buddha. Plus, there’s a Phi Ta Khon mask dance competition, special markets selling food and local handicrafts, live music performance and cultural shows.
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