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A Show in Phimai
« on: February 24, 2017, 02:50:01 PM »
A Show in Phimai


Phimai Historical Park. Photo: CHAIYOT YONGCHAROENCHAI

On Feb 25, the Tourism Authority of Thailand's (TAT) Nakhon Ratchasima Office presents a light and sound show entitled Wimaya Nattakan (Heavenly Dances) from 5-8pm at Phimai Historical Park in Phimai district, Nakhon Ratchasima.

The show depicts the history of the Phimai community and Khmer civilisation since the period of Khmer King Jayavarman VII.

Prior to the show, a northeastern-style blessing ritual will be performed and local student guides from Phimai Witthaya School will lead tourists to visit this Khmer sanctuary. Local dances called Ram Baisri Soo Khwan and Ram Jub Krub will follow. Then the show will start to take the audience back through a series of dances to the time when the sanctuary was being constructed. The dances include a boxing dance, mortar dance, cricket dance, bamboo dance and Phimai dance. The performers are students from Nakhon Ratchasima College of Dramatic Arts and Phimai Witthaya School.

Admission to the show is free.

Call the TAT's local office on 044-213-030 or 044-213-666 or email tatsima@tat.or.th

Star Festival

Until Sunday, Wat Khetna Boonyaram in Muang, Chanthaburi province, is hosting the "Worshipping Stars in the Year of Rooster for Prosperity and Power" fair.

Highlights on the first day of the festival are 19 parades with over 2,000 participants. The names of the parades are "Monks Giving Blessings", "Dragons and Lions", "Chinese Lanterns", "Blessing Flags", "Chinese Musical Instruments", "Ancient Vietnamese Flags", "The Mother of Stars", "The Sun", "The Moon", "Mars", "Neptune", "Jupiter", "Venus", "Saturn", "Phra Rahu", "Phra Ketu", "Birth Registrars", "Death Registrars" and "Believers".

According to TAT deputy governor Noppadol Phakphrot, Buddhists under the Annam (Vietnamese) sect believe the Lord Buddha was reborn as nine angels protecting the Sun, the Moon and stars. This belief led to the star worshipping ceremony which has been passed onto and held at this temple for 181 years. The procession around the town of Chanthaburi allows people to pay homage to these angels.

The ceremony is believed to bless worshippers with prosperity, longevity, good health and power and is a way of making merit for parents, relatives and friends.

Call the TAT Contact Centre 1672.

Pilgrimage in Lamphun

On Feb 20, Buddhists and interested people are invited to a pilgrimage to Phra That Doi Ngom on the peak of Ngom Mountain in Ban Thi district, Lamphun, to worship a stupa enshrining the bones of the late revered monk Khru Ba Sri Wichai. The trip will begin at 8am.

Participants are requested to bring their own meals, drinking water, hats, sunglasses and binoculars. If they ride motorcycles or bikes, they should go up via Ban Hua Sai in tambon Huai Yab. If they walk, they should take a route via Ban Pong Huai La in tambon On Tai, San Kamphaeng district, Chiang Mai. The mountain rises 820m above sea level.

Call the pilgrimage co-ordinator on 085-031-6072.

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