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Kingdom prepares for Asalaha Bucha Day, Lent celebrations

This religious festival is often marked with processions of elaborately carved paraffin candles for monks to use during the three-month rainy season retreat.

In Nonthaburi, more than 100 boats paraded exquisite giant candles along a section of Bangkok Noi Canal from Chalor Temple to Bote Bon Temple. The most impressive float will win Bt15,000 and a plaque of honour.

Deputy Nonthaburi Governor Pradit Sukhonthasawat and Bang Kruai District chief Ronnachai Jitwises presided over the launch of the candle convoy.

In Phitsanulok, a procession snaked through this northern province's main roads showing the candles presented by His Majesty the King to a royal monastery as well as those from various communities.

In Sakon Nakhon, up to 10 processions were formed, each showcasing candles artfully designed to reflect the local culture, way of life and religious devotion.

In Si Sa Ket, at least 5,000 people showed up to join a colourful candle procession and associated fun activities. The line stretched for several kilometres.

In Nakhon Ratchasima, a candle contest for a trophy from HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn is being held as part of a three-day fair.

The event, featuring a light-and-sound show, kicked off yesterday.

Samer Jindapong, chairman of the Nakhon Ratchasima Tourism Association, said that coupled with the four-day long weekend, the festival looked set to boost tourism in Korat.

"In all, people will likely spend more than Bt100 million here over this holiday," he said.

Finding a room in this northeastern province has become a challenge. In Pak Chong district, all hotels are fully booked.

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