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Phi Ta Khon Festival, Loei Province
Loei, Dan Sai

Start Date - End Date : 01 Jun - 31 Jul 2018

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Address
Dan Sai Dan Sai Loei

Telephone
0 4281 2812 , 0 4281 1405

E-mail
tatloei@tat.or.th

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Weather

Date
Detail
High / Low
Sun May 27
Cloudy
35°/23°
Mon May 28
Clear
32°/25°
Tue May 29
Cloudy
32°/24°
Wed May 30
Cloudy
33°/23°
Thu May 31
Cloudy
33°/23°
Fri Jun 01
Light rain
33°/23°
Sat Jun 02
Light rain
33°/23°
infomation by : Meteorological Department
Description
In the Vessantara Jataka of the ten Jatakas of the Buddha, there is one part stating that when Vessantara and Princess Matsi departed the forest to return to the city, wild ghosts and animals blended in with the villagers to wait for their return. It was then called “Phi Tam Khon” (ghosts following human) until the pronunciation was distorted to “Phi Ta Khon”. As a result, the Phi Ta Khon Festival was born. Phi Ta Khon Festival is held annually in Dan Sai District, Loei Province. It is one of the big merit making festivals called “Ngan Bun Luang” or “Bun Pha Wet” which falls on the 7th month, around June to July. Dan Sai people believe that Phi Ta Khon Festival is the amusement to worship the souls of dead ancestors to become sacred spirits who can either bring abundance or disaster to the city.
The ceremony is usually done in 3 days. On the first day or Wan Home, the Phi Ta Khon procession will parade around the village from dawn. It is the ceremony to invite Phra Uppakut on the Mun Riverside to the temple. There is the performance of walking clockwise for 3 rounds, firearms and firecrackers.
The second day is the ceremony for Phra Wet parade. The parade consists of 1 Buddha image and 4 monks sitting on the litters including Chao Pho Kuan sitting on the Bang Fai Rocket for the rain ceremony. At the end of the parade, Chao-Mae Nang Tiem, her retinues, villagers and Phi Ta Khon follow the parade around the town. The participants in this ceremony will be dressed in bright colors to resemble the ghosts or demons and wear big masks made from carved coconut shells with unique painting decorations which is art that deserves to be preserved. They also wear sticky rice earthen steamers on their heads. There is cheerful singing, dancing, talking and playing with each other in the parade.
The third day is the religious ceremony to dedicate the merit to the ancestors who have passed away. The villagers will go to the temple to make merit, offer food to the monks, listen to the summons of the 13 chapters of the Vessantara Jataka and pay respect to the sanctum in Wat Phon Chai for good deeds and auspicious life.
On the day of the event, Dan Sai residents, nearby villagers as well as both Thai and foreign tourists join the parade. Some even dress up as Phi Ta Khon. It is regarded as a famous tradition that deserves further preservation.

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