Ubon Ratchathani International Wax Candle Festival

When: 08 July 2017 – 09 July 2017

Where: Thung Si Mueang Park, Ubon Ratchathani in Thailand

Ubon Ratchathani hosts the Candle Festival to mark the beginning of Buddhist Lent. This festival shows the people’s devotion to Buddhist tradition as well as their skills in carving magnificent candles. The Candle Procession, which takes place on Khao Phansa Day, features the Royal Candle sent by H.M. the King, and the ornately carved beeswax candles made by the local people. These are paraded around the city streets on floats. There is also an International Wax Sculpture Competition in which artists from all over the world display their works.

One of the biggest of the Khao Phansa events is the International Wax Candle Festival and Wax Candle Procession which takes place in Thung Si Mueang Park, Ubon Ratchathani. The sheer size of the wax artworks is staggering, making the event popular with photographers. The festival also includes a light and sound presentation, cultural shows, and displays of local artisans’ handcrafting and sculptures. It’s a great place to explore unique local cultures as the locals wear traditional dress and show off their folk dances. There are also a huge range of other activities that visitors to the event can enjoy, all of which give a glimpse into local Thai life.

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