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Friday, July 6, 2012

Ubon Candle Festival 2012 Wat Burapha a Look Back and Forward 1

Over the past 17 years I have attended the Candle Festival probably 7 or 8 times and have seen many changes over the years. But not to the giant candle floats which are the same every year, while being rebuilt at each community for each festival This year Asalha Puja, parade day falls on a Thursday, so those who have never visited before might show up a few days early to see the wax sculpture competition, usually taking place by the Museum at the corner of Thung Si Muang park.Years ago the park was the center of activity, even having the evening sound and light display and for some reason has been moved in recent years.Also visit the wats where the candles are made, Wat Burapha is a favorite of mine for a number of reasons, the intricacy of the work is one. I will be posting more information about the festival over the next few weeks.