The Surin Elephant Round-up Cultural Festival 2018

The Surin Province’s Elephant Round-up is one of the cultural festivals celebrated every year in Surin Province, Isan, Thailand. Normally the festival is held during the third week of November every year falling on the weekends. This year the Surin Elephant Round-up 2018 Event will be held on Saturday, November 17 to Sunday, November 18.

In Thailand, the Elephants are considered very prodigious animal and is even regarded as royal even the former flag of Thailand had a white elephant imprinted on as its main symbol. For the past 50 years, Surin is paying respect to this magnificent animal by hosting the Elephant Round-up festival every year.

The event takes place at the biggest elephant village of Asia as dubbed by the Tourism Authority of Thailand the “Si Narong Stadium”. There are many events that take place during the festival time to showcase the dexterity of this big animal. There are many interesting events to be seen like Big Elephant Breakfast, the parade, soccer games and tug of war along with the Thai Royal Army. These animals run wild in Thailand in the start but afterward had been captured and tamed by the experts at this work and also been trained to do amazing things along the way like they paint pictures, play polo and also whirl loops with their trunks.

The festival basically starts off from Friday. On Friday Morning, a large number of elephant approx. 300 starts their marching procession from the railway station at Surin City to the elephant roundabout on Prasat Road located in the far south of the city. Along with the marching parade, the students and teachers dressed traditionally dance and play music. Once the parade is over and all the elephants reach their destination the main banquet begins. The Elephants are offered food after their long run through the city on approx. 400 meters long banquet tables dressed with a traditional silk cloth. The food that is left after the elephants been fed full is taken home by the locals.

On Saturdays, just after the first ray of the light in the morning, all the team of the elephants and their trainers gather together at the Elephant Stadium. The ceremony begins with a speech from the chairman of the festival and then the parade through the stadium begins with all the baby elephants. Then the ritual parade of the bigger elephants takes place. Then the Kuy hunters begin showcasing their elephant capturing skills with their lassos and such.

Next to the elephant capturing performance, the main skills of the animal begin with the displays of acrobatics, matches of soccer and polo, and displays of other tasks, such as logging. Another one of the biggest tests of power event for the Surin’s Elephants is the elephant vs. army tug of war contest. At the beginning of the contest, there is only 50 army personnel against the biggest of them all elephant, when the elephant beats them an addition of 15 more soldiers is made until there are 100 of them competing against the big animal and even after this, usually the elephant is the one who always wins.

The final show of the day is the imitation of the historical clash of Siamese and Burmese Army. The army dress in the traditional clothing with symbolic colors for both teams like red for Siam and Blue for Burma. There is also a half-marathon held at the stadium called “Mueang Chang”. Everything is again repeated on the second day of the festival meaning Sundays.

Wonderfruit Music Festival Pattaya 2018 has Announced Initial Artists Lineup!

Like every other year, this year’s Wonderfruit Music Festival takes place In the Pattaya City in Thailand at the Fields of Siam Country Club. This time the 4-day Arts, Food and Music Festival takes on the 13-16 on the Calendar of December 2018.

Wonderfruit is not just a typical music exhibition but revolves around six pillars all form live Music experiences to talks and workshop that would literally change your ides of life. Further, there are superlative cuisines and innovative art installations with many more captivating activities to bring people together.

Wonderfruit has announced their initial lineup of music artist taking the stage in this year on December. An extensive range of local and international music artists with different musical bands exhibiting their talent and filling the festival atmosphere with their enticing musical vibes.

Coming all the way from Walsall, England is the Drums and Bass Pioneer Clifford Price otherwise known as Goldie. Then the master of genre-bending music Nightmares on Wax will also be joining this year’s festival. After that using the features of pop, R&B, electronic and jazz, Sirintip the New York-based Thai-Swedish singer will blow you away with her own created sounds. After which you will be amazed to see a wonderful coordination of two times Grammy awards nominee, Carmen Rizzo, the Los Angeles producer and musician and a Tuvan acoustic group of four Huun Huur Tu.

Other than these the lineup includes Fleetmac Wood, Gidge, Horse Meat Disco, Howie Lee, Kweku Collins, Libella, Lord Echo, Seb Wildblood, SYPS, and Young Marco with a lot more still to be announced.

Besides the music, an international and local artist come together at the Fields to flaunt their art installations and architectures that can stir your thoughts mindlessly.

Wonderfruit works to woo your senses with lots of amazing food from farms to feast. To exhibit the true sense of organic farming showcasing the relationship between farmers and customers the Wonderfruit has this year partnered with Patom Organic Living and the Sookjai Foundation to bring that village feel to the festival. You can also enjoy the outdoor lunch or dinner feast in the Theatre of Feasts designed by experts offering a banquet-style feast made by the worldwide renown and award-winning chefs. Other than all of this there is also various other food stalls, trucks, cocktail bars and even restaurants.

In addition, there are talks and workshops programs. The Scratch talk invites many award-winning authors and thought provokers to ease your mind and welcome you to learn a range of topics which are sure to bring a positive change in your life and the workshop provides an equal opportunity for everyone to learn to work with their hands creatively. The workshops cover every possible Handy Art from jewelry making to wood crafting and photographic techniques etc. and that not the end of it, there is still more, Camp Wonder at last offer Parents and Children to mingle together in a fun camp experience where they learn and play all at the same time.

Don’t miss your chance to this wonderful experience full of wonders and get your tickets now. The Tickets and all the other information is available at Wonderfruit’s Official Website.


Loy Krathong Festival is celebrated every year in Thailand in all major cities following the Thai tradition. The festival is often celebrated at the end of the rainy season typically in the month of November the 12th lunar month according to the Thai traditional calendar. The dates change every year and this year’s Loy Krathong Festival falls on the 23rd of November.

The biggest celebration is conducted in the Chiang Mai (though the festival is also celebrated in Phuket and Samui as well) which lasts for three full days. The festival usually happens at the night when people offer their gratitude and respect to the water goddess for a year full of blessings and to pray for the good luck in coming years also. People from all around the country gather around the canals and lakes or even ponds to release lanterns into the sky. Many believe that they are releasing their anger and hatred along with the lanterns.

The Festival is full of various fun activities like parades, competitions and so much more. Local people pass out homemade krathongs or lanterns with other food and drink items at the ports and other locations where the festival is expected to be celebrated. There are also other cultural activities celebrated alongside the festival like ‘Ram Wong’ dance presentations, Krathong-crafting competitions and also a beauty contest.

You must be wondering what is Loy Krathong! Loy is a Thai verb meaning “To Float” and Krathong vary in its significance, regarding the festival it means by the small flat container made of banana leaves and decorated with flowers, incense
and candles this leads to the full meaning of the festival as “Floating of Basket” and that is what people during the Loy Krathong Festival.

The history of the Loy Krathong Festival Follows many traditions and Thai people celebrate it for different reasons. One of them is the tradition of Sukhothai and is said that a court lady so-called Nopphamat started it. People flow these lanterns in the air as a conduct of thanksgiving to the water goddess for the abundance of the water during the rice crop season and some believe that it a chaste chance to purify our souls from any grudges we might have also including a fingernail or a piece of hair is seen as a way to cleanse your soul of any ill will. It is believed that is the candles stay lit till the lanterns float away from the sight it indicates the year of good luck ahead.

Other than various riverside locations and Lakes that host this festival there are some hotels near Chiang Mai who offer to float lanterns at the pool area combined with special dinners and fireworks. The beautiful view of lanterns filling the sky is a miraculous sight for the eyes and unmistakably worth seeing.  The Day before Loy Krathong is Yee Peng and this festival is all about lanterns is celebrated on a bigger level in Chiang Mai. During the days of Yee Peng, you can see lanterns floating everywhere and all the places including temples are bright with lights coming from the lanterns. Though it is not as fun as before because of the danger to the air traffic the releasing of the lanterns been cut down. The law is strictly enforced and the lanterns are allowed to be released during some of the fixed hours.

Don’t forget to have fun with the Loy Krathong Festival this year. Hope you enjoy.

The Hua Hin food Festival 2018 Fast Approaching in the Month of August

The Hua Hin Festival is a unique celebration of food and is celebrated every year in the month of August. This year the Hua Hin Food Festival will be celebrated from 24th of August till the 26th of August. The festival takes place at Queens Park 19 Rai.

Like every year The Hua Hin Festival comprises of lots of delicious food items from different vendors and talented chefs of Hua Hin Restaurants. This year the festival is expected to feature more than 100 food vendors providing various kinds of food items including sweets, seafood, fish, local and regional foods etc.


Many of the famous Professional Chefs from Hua Hin renown restaurants will establish stalls showcasing their talent and amuse the crowd with some of their restaurants finest dishes.

The festival also exhibits different activities with the theme “the Port of Foodies” for the Hua Hin Festival. In this fantastic seaside setting crowded locals and tourist from all around the world come and enjoy a variety of food offered at the festival around this time of the year. The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Hua Hin Women’s Club and Hua Hin / Cha-am Tourism Association are some of the organization that has been establishing this fabulous food festival at Hua Hin every year.

The vendors excel in providing the quality food to their customers. Other than food there are many entertaining activities like demonstrations and ice sculpture competitions, fruit sculpture competition and cooking contest that take place during the festival time. There are also other types of activates like night shows containing music from famous Thai singers.

Hua Hin Food Festival has been a favorite spot for tourist who enjoys quality food. And nothing less is expected from this year as well.  Don’t forget to join this fun adventure with your friends and family.

Electric Zoo Festival 2018: Celebrating its 10th Grand Event in Randall’s Island Park on Labor Day Weekend

Electric Zoo Festival is taking over Randall’s Park island once again on this Labor Day Weekend, starting 31st August and lasting up to 2nd September 2018. Randall’s Island is situated in New York and been a constant host to many of the cultural, sports and environmental events.

This year the Electric Zoo is going to be extra special because of its 10th edition. These festivities will be huge and the line up is just as great with headliners like Kaskade, Marshmello, Martin Garrix and Porter Robinson’s Virtual Self. Other than that, you will be able to see back to back performances from your favorite artist like 12th Planet and Doctor P, and a three-way groove journey from Andrew Bayer b2b Ilan Bluestone b2b Jason Ross. Plus, exciting sets from Alan Walker, Anna Lunoe, Gryffin, k?d, Manila Killa, Mija, Troyboi and so many more.

The Festival is going to be gigantic with 4 stages and more than 50 acts. Following is a full line up for the festival with:

Friday, 31st August:


Main Stage


Virtual Self


San Holo


Boombox Cartel

Loud Luxury


Hilltop Arena


G Jones


Boogie T







Kill The Noise


Riot Ten


Sunday School Groove

Hyperhouse x Night Bass

Anna Lunoe

AC Slater

Chris Lorenzo



Petey Clicks

Saturday, 1st September:


Main Stage

Martin Garrix



Alan Walker

Cash Cash

Party Favor

Bonnie x Clyde


Whipped Cream


Hilltop Arena

Zeds Dead





GG Magree





Hippie Sabotage

Space Jesus

12th Planet B2B Doctor P

Said The Sky





Sunday School Groove

All my Friends


Shiba San

Justin Martin

Wax Motif

Stooki Sound

Deux Twins

Sunday, 2nd September

Main Stage





Lost Frequencies





Hilltop Arena

Brownies & Lemonade




Manila Killa




Alexander Lewis



Andrew Bayer B2B

Ilan Bluestone B2B

Jason Ross


Gabriel & Dresden

Spencer Brown

Sunday School Groove


Chris Liebing B2B Dubfire

Pete Tong

Matthias Tanzmann

Gregor Tresher


The tickets are getting sold out hurry up and grab yours. There are different range of tickets available at their official website with 1 Day, 2 Day and 3 Day passes.

Travel Information: How To Get There


The closest route to getting to Electric Zoo Festival is through Manhattan and to get there you have alternative choices to make on your own. Following is a basic information on each of the means of transportation to choose from:


John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) : JFK airport is largest & busiest airport in allover New York containing eight different terminals and 150 gates to go in and out. Its 10 miles away from Manhattan.

LaGuardia Airport (LGA) : LaGuardia has a better proximity than JFK as it is only eight miles away from Manhattan. You can easily reach your destination from LaGuardia Airport using Public transportation.

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) : its technically in another state and is located in Newark but its very easy to get to Manhattan from there.


NY City has the largest subway system in the entire world and travelling through metro when your destination is Electric Zoo festival is most suited way of transport.


There are plenty of bus entry points to New York City but in our opinion The Port Authority Bus Terminal is the best entry point of all especially when you are coming from out of city. It is located in the middle of Manhattan and is merely two blocks distant from the Time Square.

Get your Electric Zoo Festival 2018 tickets now or for other information on festival you can get in touch with their official Website.

A Platform for Drum Making Talent and Music: Ang Thong Drum Festival 2018

Ang Thong is a Drum making and exhibiting Festival that takes place at Ekkarat Village, Pa Mok District, Ang Thong Province in Thailand annually. This usually is celebrated every year in the month of August at the end of the harvest season. The celebrations are also taking place at Ban Phae Village also known as Drum-making Village for their exceptional talent of Drum-making.

The celebration lasts for three days and exhibits different activities during that time. Most common activities include making of Drums by the villagers. The villagers make the skin of these drums from cowhide and the other parts of the drum are made from a high-quality tree wood that helps in making an echoing sound.

The Drum Festival celebrations are also commemorated by little ceremonies like “Wai Kru ceremony” & “Krob Kru ceremony” both related to honoring teachers. The Thai people strongly believe in the major role of a teacher in shaping a child’s character, therefore, see it compulsory to honor and appreciate them. “Wai Kru ceremony” & “Krob Kru ceremony” are both celebrated in their respect as a thankfulness. Students of every kind present their esteemed teachers with flowers that display their importance and value in a child’s life.

As Thai people consider each kind of craftsmanship as a talent that needs to be taught hence all the Drum-makers also appraise their masters or teachers who taught them these skills.

Other than this there are numerous more activities that take place during the Drum Festival in Ang Thong such as drum-making and drum-playing contests, followed by drumming performances with lights and so much, there is frequently also a parade of Drum beaters that circle around the villages showcasing talent.

In addition, there is also a drum-making exhibition that takes place at Ekkarat Village in Ang Thong Province along with some singing contests. Then there is the sale of Ang Thong’s local goods and food vendors are found everywhere.

Moreover, there are also Thai classical music show, long drum and drum dances, a mini light-and-sound presentation at night, conveying the “Legend of the Drum-making Village” and many more activities.

The festival is filled with tourists from all around the world many of which also take part in drum-making and playing contests as well. The numerous performances include artists from India, South Korea, and Taiwan in addition to Thailand.

The Drum festival is a local as well as an international celebration mushed together bringing many cultural and traditionally strong countries together to celebrate. The festival is a perfect example of measures that can be taken to bring union and harmony between different countries and their people.

TAT Governor Suraphon Svetasreni said, “This is part of our effort to promote Asian and ASEAN social and cultural integration by highlighting the spectacular role and uses of drums in many aspects of life. It will also go a long way towards enhancing the role of Thailand as a centre of arts, music, and culture. Visitors will be fascinated by how many different kinds of drums there are.”

Chaiyaphum Dok Krachiao Blooming Festival 2018

Every year from June to August, in the first few days of the rainy season The Siam Tulip or as they say in Thailand Dok Krachiao come into full bloom these white and purple flowers are totally draped over the lands of Pa Hin Ngam National Park in Thep Sathit district and Sai Thong National Park in Nong Bua Ra Haew district during these months. More than anything these places become the finest attraction for the tourists in town.

So for last a few years the Chaiyaphum province in association with the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) arranges a variety of interesting and enjoyable activities annually, these activities include exploring the lands of at Pa Hin Ngam National Park and Sai Thong National Park relishing in fields of rose-tinted Krachiao flowers and the Rock Garden along with different live music performances. These activities are named Chaiyaphum Dok Krachiao Blooming Festival. People also hike in these two parks and enjoy the purchase the different products on sale during the festival.
This time around TAT and Chaiyaphum province have planned to the congregation the Krachiao Blooming Festival 2018 for four months, starting from 1st of June to the 30th of September, at Pa Hin Ngam National Park in Thep Sathit district and Sai Thong National Park in Nong Bua Ra Haew district.
Pa Hin Ngam National Park covers a vast area and is popular for its abundance of strangely shaped rocks. There are plenty of stones of different shapes and sizes available at this park and although a bit weather-beaten they have been the tourist’s attraction from million from years. People fascinate themselves with the outlandish shaped stones and collect them.

During the rainy season after the rain washes the land of Pa Hin Ngam National Park the different varieties of Siam Tulip flowers that had been rooted deep in the ground for years finally breaths in the fresh air and are seen in full as far as the eyes can see beautifying the park with their pink and purple shades. There are even meadows in some areas of the park where these Siam Tulips can be seen in large quantity. These beautiful pink-white flowers provide a delightful view to all the tourist. Especially at the time of the dawn, when the surface of the earth baths in col fog spreading over the ground enriching the view and making it all the more mesmerizing. Other than Krachiao flowers, there is more to Pa Hin Ngam National Park that has helped in gaining its popularity including ‘Sut Phaendin’, a vertical cliff viewing platform that joins the Northeast to the Central Region, and a pair of medium-sized waterfalls namely Namtok Thep Prathan and Namtok Thep Phanom.

On the other hand Sai Thong National Park is well-known for its excellent view of Sai Thong Waterfall. The Sai Thong Waterfall fall from a height of about 100 meters cascading down from the rocks at the top to the bottom.
And lastly, Chaiyaphum province is also famous for its white hill, Mor Hin Khao also known as “the Stonehenge in Thailand, located in a wide field of Phu Laen Kha National Park in Tah Hin Ngom sub-district. The mountain is filled with spellbinding sculptured stones.

Make sure you visit this outstanding place with your family and friends this year and hope you enjoy a fabulous time sightseeing the famous Dok Krachiao Flowers.

The 20th International Festival of Dance & Music 2018 At Thailand Cultural Center

It’s almost that time of the year again when the Bangkok’s air is filled with music and dance. Celebrating 20th year, Bangkok’s International Festival of Dance and Music is here again in 2018. This is once in a year show celebrated almost every year in the second week of the September and lasting up till Mid-October. This Cultural festival includes thousand+ artists from all over the world contributing in different categories of shows including Operas, Dance, Music, and Magic etc. all performances will take place at Thailand Cultural Center.

Here’s a list of the Biggest Performances that will be blazing the stage with fire:

The World’s most historic and outstanding opera house Teatro di San Carlo Opera will be performing Georges Bizet’s adored classic ‘CARMEN’ in four acts on Wednesday, September 12th, and Friday, September 14th, 2018 at 7:30 PM with a cast of 256 artists, Celebrating the 150th anniversary of political bonds between Italy and Thailand.

Teatro Di San Carlo Symphony Orchestra and Chorus in will be performing two of the most Remarkable Works of Beethoven:  Leonore Overture No.3 and Symphony No.9 which will feature famous singers under Conductor Maestro Zubin Mehta on Thursday, September 13th and Saturday, September 15th, 2018 at 7:30 PM.

Presenting a “Balance between East and West” the Ju Percussion group will fill the evening with intense and passionate drumming casting melodious rhythms on various kinds of percussion instruments on Sunday, September 16th,2018 at 7:30

New York’s Seven best magicians and illusionists will take you through a journey full of unpredictable acts that will take your breath away on Wednesday, September 19th and Thursday, September 20th, 2018 at 7:30 PM.

On Saturday, September 22nd  at 7:30 PM and Sunday, September  23rd, 2018 at 2:30 PM Break the Tango / Hip-Hop will set the stage on fire with an impressive act of two totally different dance styles mixed into one, an outstanding performance that is absolutely a must-see.

Celebrating 60 Years of Relation between Republic of Korea and Thailand, The Korean Symphony Orchestra will perform Bedrich Smetana: Valtava (The Moldau) Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto and Johannes Brahms: Symphony No.1 under one of the most high-class conductors of his generation: Chi-Yong Chung on Monday, September 24th, 2018 at 7:30 PM.

Singapore Dance Theatre celebrating their 30th anniversary will perform wedding scenes from three ballets: Coppelia Act 3, Sleeping Beauty Act 3, and Don Quixote Act 3 showcasing the talent of their dancers on Wednesday, September 26th, 2018 at 7:30 PM.

Get Ready for a journey to the land of India through a musical act performed by Taj Express, Bollywood Musical on Friday, September 28th at 7:30 PM and Saturday, September 29th, 2018 at 2:30 PM. The act is full of colors and shimmers, electrifying the stage with a stunning dance performance on musical hits of AR Rehman.

One of the Top five Orchestra of China Hangzhou Philharmonic Orchestra will be presenting their star violin soloist, Ning Feng. They will perform Jiping Zhao: Violin Concerto No.1 and Gustav Mahler: Symphony No.5 Conducted by Yang Yang on Monday, October 1st, 2018 at 7:30 PM.

Moscow State Classical Ballet will be performing Firebird and Rite of Spring both with most interesting storylines on Friday, October 5th, 2018 at 7:30 PM. They will also perform Nutcracker on Saturday, October 6th, 2018 at 2:30 PM and The Legend of Swan Lake And The Ugly Duckling on Sunday, October 7th, 2018 at 2:30 PM.

8th October marks the 60th birthday of the world’s greatest entertainer the king of pop Michael Jackson. This night will be a tribute in his remembrance.

William Shakespeare’s “A Midnight’s Dream” performed by the artist of 14 different countries of Karlsruhe Ballet on Sunday, October 14th, 2018 at 7:30 PM. They are also performing a beautiful act on Monday, October 15th, 2018 at 7:30 PM giving you a memorable star-studded evening.

The last show of the festival is a glorifying and electrifying act by Los Vivancos presenting their impressive new production “Born to Dance” on Thursday, October 18th, 2018 at 7:30 PM.

Bangkok Vegetarian Festival 2018

Bangkok Vegetarian Festival, locally known as Tesagan Gin Jay is one of the most colorful and delicious festivals that comes to mind when we talk about upcoming festivals in Bangkok. It is also known as Nine Emperor Gods Festival and is celebrated during the ninth lunar month of Chinese Calendar. It normally falls in October every year, but dates may vary. This year the Bangkok Vegetarian Festival Celebration starts on 8th October and lasts up to 17th October.

The major celebrations are held in Bangkok and Phuket but there are also some other places that do the celebration like Chiang Mai, Trang, Krabi, and Chonburi etc.

People all over Thailand are seen practicing Jay that mean vegetarian in the English language. People eat vegetarian food during the festival days and wear plain white cloths. The purpose of this practice is to cleanse the soul. You will even find yellow triangular posters on walls and on the windows of the shops with word Jay written in bright red color.  Aside from eating vegetarian food and avoiding meat Thai people also refrain from drinking alcohol, gambling, and all the other physical and psychological immoralities. They actively consider their action and thoughts and also perform religious activities such as going to temples. Mangkon Kamalawat Temple and the Chow Sue Kong Shrine are filled with people on these particular days. Moreover, the temples are decorated with candles. Lanterns and burning incense.

Gin Jay typically means “Eat Vegetarian Food” and Thai people follow this rule strictly throughout the Festival Days. Every type of meat disappears from food either it is chicken, fish or other kinds of seafood and all of these are replaced with meat substitutes or other foods which can be cooked without any meat or even meat products some people even refrain from food that have strong smells like onion and garlic.

Restaurants and Vendors also refrain from selling any meat product instead they do a temporary business of bite-sized veggie dumplings, bowls of steaming noodles, and sweet desserts swimming in coconut milk etc. there are also deep fried spring rolls and gyoza. Meat is substituted with mushrooms, tofu or taro which is a type of prudish root vegetable. It is the perfect time to enjoy some vegetarian delicacies which you may find hard to eat during other times of the year in Bangkok.

Other than various kinds of vegetarian foods you have never seen or heard about there are other parts of festivities that include Parade, Drums, and Fireworks. During the parade you can see different dancers performing traditional dance wearing traditional Chinese long robes, the parade also includes a long dragon exhibition and also drums are played throughout the parade with loud fireworks.

Most of the festivities and food stalls are found in Chinatown, Bangkok close to the Grand Palace. The parade revolves around Yaowarat Road between the Odeon Circle and the Chalerm Buri intersection. The road is closed during the festival day and around 4 PM the vendors start appearing close to the Chinese opera happening in the Chow Sue Kong Shrine. You can find some tasty vegetarian food stalls all around the Chinatown streets.

Boat Racing Festival 2018

Boat racing festivals are quite common in Thailand covering most of its states including Chainat, Saraburi, Singburi, Mukdahan, Chumphon, Nakorn Sawan, Phichit, Nan, Phitsanulok and Narathiwat, that put in order long boat races annually.

Its become more of a tradition to the Thai people that follow a backing story of the old man Qu Yuan. He is said to have had taken his life by jumping into the river after being completely disappointed by his country’s government. The local people then rushed towards the river in their longboats to find him but in vain.

People also brought drums and bugles to scare away any water creatures that might harm Qu Yuan. They also send an offering of rice to please his poor soul. The Thai people follow this tradition by establishing longboat races and different boat exhibitions from more than 600 years.

The Festival takes place all Throughout Buddhist Lent season, starting from August and Lasting Up to October. Though the dates may vary around years, most of the races are held on the weekends starting from mid-day to the time of the sunset. Since its rainy season farmers are free of chores and there is a low proximity of tourists in towns that increases the joy and easy-going festivity of the festival.

The Races are of three categories: large wooden longboat races with 55 oarsmen, medium-sized long boat races with 40 oarsmen, and small-sized steel long boat races with 36 oarsmen. The competition is held between people from around the area gathering almost 40 to 50 boats to race in the competition.

Around the mid of the Buddhist Lent, Luang Prabang holds the first major boat racing festival later on others follow and the final race marks the Xieng Ngeun Area. The Boat rowers are specially trained to upskill themselves for the time of the race. The preparations start earlier to cope with the competition that will be faced during the festival.

This festival inaugurates around the time when rivers are high in tides and contains more water than normal. Other than boat racing people also decorate their boats, present offerings of rice and many other festivities. There are also water parades along with the races.