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Sunday, May 15, 2011

Isaan 12 traditions, heet sipsong 17 May 2011 Vesaka Puja

In the sixth lunar month, the following ceremonies and rites should be practiced. Celebration of  (Thai Wisakhabucha Day) Vesaka Puja(the anniversary of the Buddha's birth, enlightenment, and nirvana ). The  ceremony of pouring lustral water over revered and learned monks, the ploughing ceremony to mark the beginning of the rice planting season, and the construction of new houses or newlywed housing.Bun Bangfai (the rocket festival or fertility rite). It is believed that the shooting of the local bamboo (nowadays PVC) rockets in the sky is a signal for the rain god, Phya Thaen, to send rain to earth.  In this festival, the story of Phadaeng Nang Ai is told.