Asia

The Candle Festival

The everlasting symbol of Buddhism

July 10th, 2017
Valentina Di Carlantonio, CD News
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The Candle Festival takes place in Thailand, precisely in Ubon Ratchatani. It is a deeply spiritual festival following Khao Pansa or Buddhist Lent, that lasts three months. It is held on the 8th and 9th of July. A great candle procession parades honor to the everlasting faith of the people in Buddhism.

 

It features the Royal Candle sent by H.M the King and the beeswax candles made by local people.  There is also an international Wax Sculpture Competition, in which artists from all over the world show their works. The festival includes also, music, dancing, cultural presentations, floats and special displays.

This is a perfect event for those who are interested in Buddhism and who want to learn about this philosophical religion. It is also a great opportunity to learn about Meditation and to find out more traditional beliefs in a beautiful and relaxing place far away from popular areas. Local people but also international travellers are invited to join this big cultural event, this gives tourists and foreigners a chance to really connect with the unique candle Festival in Thailand.

The International Wax Candle Festival acts as an exhibition for some of the world’s  best examples of candle carving with major Works crafted by artists from different countries such as, Bulgaria, Costa Rica, India, Malaysia, Spain, Medico, USA and obviously Thailand. The celebration of the Candle Festival has continued from generation to generation, to play tribute to the Triple Gel Buddhism including the teaching of Buddah.

It is considered one of the most beautiful events in Thailand, candles and lanterns are released as a symbol of forgiveness of everyone towards others. Thus, it is an event that brings more and more people to stay together in peace and to be reunited. Buddhism is the background of this beautiful tradition that involves people from all over the world.

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