Bun Bang Fai Rocket Festival 2012

image from Travel Online and permission requested
I still have not seen this Festival - but one thing I did learn from reading so much is that the loser of the rocket competitions get pushed into the mud - that's where the mud fight bit is linked to the Rocket Festival.

The Legend says Vassakan, god of rain, loves being worshiped by fire. Therefore, the people make a rocket, “Bang Fai”, and launch it to where the god lives, in heaven. Besides, as May is the paddy planting season, this festival allow farmers a good chance to take a break before the harvest season begins.

More info from TAT and Travel Online

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