Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival (22-23 July)

As I visit more Buddhist Temples and Chinese Shrines scattered throughout Phuket I see more and more of these ornate candles.

These are nothing compared to the candles that are in this festival -

Amazing - image from Richard Barrow  - used with permission
The Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival, the most elaborate of the traditional parading of candles to wats (Thaiแห่เทียน hae thian), is held in Ubon RatchathaniIsanThailand, around the days of Asanha Puja (which commemorates the Buddha’s first sermon) and Wan Kao Pansa (which marks the beginning of vassa).

At the start of the Lenten period, it is traditional in preparation for the rainy season for the devout to donate to items for the personal use of monks, and of candles to dispel gloom in their quarters and elsewhere within the wat. The latter is often the core event of many village celebrations, but is at its most elaborate in the Ubon Ratchathani version, which nowadays is a major event both for residents and for tourists: giant candles are paraded through the town, each representing a local temple, district or other institution. The more elaborate versions are accompanied by scenes ofHindu and Buddhist mythology sculpted in wood or plaster and coated with wax. Of course, these candles are never burned.
the text is from Wikipedia

The candles in the Festival are never lit but the ones above (from Wat Sam Kong - just outside Phuket Town / near Tesco Lotus).

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