Festivals and celebrations

Phi Ta Khon, the ghost festival in Thailand

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.

Festival description

Villagers welcome the medium
The villagers welcome the medium

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.

ghosts holding a khik palad

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

See also:
Festivals and holidays in Thailand, important dates in 2019 – 2020

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



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