Every year, the Dan Sai district in Loei province organizes an original event known as Bun Luang, during which the Phi Ta Khon, the ghost festival, takes place!
Phi Ta Khon 2019
The events take place over three days between March and July, the dates being selected each year by the city’s mediums.
The next Phi Ta Khon Festival will take place from June 5 to 7, 2019.
Bun Luang is a unique festival in this province, a colorful and joyful festival that attracts many visitors.
For the Phi Ta Khon (Thai: ผี ตา โขน), ghost festival, the inhabitant’s march with colorful clothes and huge ghost masks.
It is believed that the first event was a celebration of fertility (hence the phallus), an animist cult that was integrated with Buddhist beliefs.
The first day: the ghost festival
The first day is the Ghost Festival, also called Wan Ruam (day of the rally).
The city’s residents are seeking the protection of Phra U-pakut, a patron saint who possesses great magical powers and helps his worshippers when they are in trouble.
They then organize a series of games and participate in a procession wearing masks and hats made of baskets, paper-mâché, and coconut leaves as well as patchwork clothing.
They also wear wooden bells and phallus.
The second day: launching homemade rockets
On the second day of the festival, craft rocket launching competitions are organized, as well as costume, dance and parade competitions.
The third day: Buddhist sermons
On the third and last day, the villagers go to the temple and listen to Phra Vessandorn’s 13 sermons – which tell one of Buddha’s earlier lives, recited by the monks of Wat Phon Chai.
Video of the Phi Ta Khon festival
Source: Wikipedia; toutelathailande.fr, Photos: The ghosts of Phi Ta Khon, holding a palad khik (penis-shaped amulet), the villagers welcome the medium: Stéphane Mégécaze