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Temple consecration

An inauguration ceremony called "FANG LUUK NIMIT" (ฝังลูกนิมิต) is done to consecrate a temple. Some sacred marker spheres "LUUK NIMIT" (ลูกนิมิต) need to be buried in the temple compound.

After visiting the main chapel, having done donations and blessings, Thai people enjoy wandering around the numerous food and commercial stalls.
Temple fair
Temple fair
Temple underground
Many main chapels ("UBOSOT" - อุโบสถ) in Buddhist temples in the Central Plains are now constructed with an underground passage below the temple.
Temple underground

This underground passage include Buddha statues. It is supposed to give good luck to worshippers and allows them to make supplementary donations. Be careful not to fall in the stairs!

Children enjoy catching fishes. This stall is very popular with youngsters.
Fish game
Fish game
Food stall
During the temple consecration festival, mobile stalls are selling snacks, drinks and so on...
Food stall
Parents are wandering through the temple fair stalls while children are playing on huge gonflage games.
Children game
Children game
Inside the chapel
Monks are praying near and inside the main chapel during all night.
Inside the chapel
Many volunteers are participating during the temple consecration fair. Those volunteers prepare the thin golden leaf to honour Buddha teachings. Those leaves will be stuck on Buddha statues or sacred marker spheres ("LUUK NIMIT" - ลูกนิมิต).
Volunteers
Volunteers

Food is free for the volunteers helping the temple.

Outdoor game
Various outdoor games are also available for kids and adults. It includes shoot-the-balloon stalls and painting figurines stalls.
Outdoor game
Shoes shops in temple fairs offer a amazing choice of size, shape and color for adults and children.
Shoes shop
Shoes shop
Likay performance
Music starts at evening time around 8 to 9 PM. There are three concerts, i.e. one "LIKAY" performance (ลิเก), one "LUUK TUNG" (ลูกทุ่ง) music concert, one singer contest for young local talents with prizes.
Likay performance

Every evening entertainment performances are free.

Likay is the most popular form of Thai theater and such performances can be seen at temple fairs and other special events.
Likay performance
Likay performance
Likay performance
Actors on the stage are singing while speaking. The actors are dressed with flashing clothes and brilliant stuff.
Likay performance
The Likay performance is accompanied with a Thai classical orchestra.
Likay performance
Likay performance

Some temples invite star singers to perform during their festival. The presence of star singers is supposed to attract many people and temples can expect many donations from those visitors. The temple spends more and so expects to receive more.

Luuk Tung music concert
ลูกทุ่ง or "LUUK TUNG" (literally "children of the fields") music come from the folk music and traditions of Northeastern Thailand.
Luuk Tung music concert
ลูกทุ่ง or "LUUK TUNG" music concert always include many singers accompanied by young and beautiful dancers.
Luuk Tung music concert
Luuk Tung music concert
Luuk Tung music concert
A young country music singer is performing at Wat Don Kanak annual fair.
Luuk Tung music concert
Singer and dancers are also having a good time with cheers and laughs happening during the concert performance.
Luuk Tung music concert
Luuk Tung music concert
Luuk Tung music concert
A young country music singer is performing at Wat Don Kanak annual fair. She takes part of singer contest for young local talents with prizes.
Luuk Tung music concert

Some big temple fairs can include up to three outdoor cinemas, i.e. one for Chinese movies, one for Thai movies and one for American movies.

Outdoor cinema companies sometimes screen films not to live audiences but to invisible deities as most of the business of outdoor cinema companies is done nowadays with Buddhist temples and Chinese shrines.
Outdoor cinema
Outdoor cinema

Most viewers are teenagers sitting on their motorbike and enjoying free screening.



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