DATE: 23rd to 25th June 2023
The colourful Bun Luang and Phi Ta Khon Festival – also known as the Ghost Festival – will be held from 23rd to 25th June 2023 in Dan Sai district of the Northeastern province of Loei.
This unique annual celebration – that sees the local villagers dress in distinctive and boldly colourful masks and headgear to partake in the carnival atmosphere – is a popular date on the festival calendar. The most recognized feature and a highlight of the event is the parade of the costumed villagers through the town.
Along with the grand parade, there are various other activities throughout the three-day festival which include traditional rituals and Buddhist ceremonies at Phon-Chai temple.
Friday, 23rd June: In this year’s programme, the activities on the first day include food offerings to monks at the temple, a summoning of spirits ceremony, a cultural ceremony and stage performances.
Saturday 24th June: The festival’s official opening ceremony in front of Dan Sai District Office on day two at 10:00 a.m. will be followed by a summoning of spirits and then the grand parade, making of merit and firing of bamboo rockets.
Sunday 25th June: On day three there will be 13 consecutive Buddhist sermons at Phon-Chai Temple, and parading of consecutive Buddhist sermons of all villages in Dan Sai District.
More information on the Bun Luang and Phi Ta Khon Festival is available from TAT Loei Office on Tel. +66 (0) 4281 2812, +66 (0) 4281 1405, or via e-mail at [email protected]
Information from TAT Newsroom