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Temple consecration

On the first day is "BUAT CHEE PHRAM" (บวชชีพราหมณ์), a huge ordination ceremony during one night. Other days include free "MOLAM" orchestra performances, Thai boxing, outdoor cinema, children games and food stalls.

Robe offering
Thai people offer monks robe and donate them to the temple. A huge number of monks robe can be seen in the background.
Robe offering
After a few prayers, blessings by monks Thai people walk three times around the "BOT". A local music group is also performing during the walk around.
Three times walk
Three times walk
local village police
A local village police in collaboration with the Thai police is checking that everything is going on well during the celebration.
Local village police
This open-air cinema is called "NANG KLANG PLAENG" (หนังกลางแปลง). There is no fee as a sponsor pays the whole fee.
Outdoor cinema
Outdoor cinema
Painting stall for children
The complete temple consecration lasts one week. Every day, there is a fair in the temple with many activities such as games (painting stall, darts...).
Painting stall for children

Many stalls are present during the celebration, i.e. food and beverages stalls, games stalls, toys stalls, medicinal berbs stalls, souvenirs stalls, and so on...

Many food and beverage stalls are available. They sell local dishes such as Thai noddle soups "KIAW TIAW" (กวยเตี๋ยว), snacks, japanese pancakes, soft drinks and alcohol.
Food stall
Food stall

It seems that during such joyful days, alcohol sales is allowed inside the temple even if drinking alcohol relates to the fifth precept (refraining from alcohol or other intoxicants to maintain clarity of mind).

ferris wheel
Adults and children can also enjoy a ride in a local ferris wheel (ชิงช้าสวรรค์). The ferry wheel is very popular as it allows seeing the illuminated temple compound from a high view point.
Ferris wheel
Thai faithful people visit the temple to make donations, ask for wishes and take part to the cheerful celebration.
Evening prayers
Evening prayers
Fireworks
Fireworks are launched on the second day before the official start of the "MOLAM" music performance.
Fireworks
In Thailand northeastern Buddhist temples, a "MOLAM" (หมอลำ) orchestra is always present for important ceremonies.
Molam orchestra
Molam orchestra

Music orchestras are a way to attract people to visit Thai temples during ceremonies.

Molam orchestra
It lasts until dawn or until nobody listens or watches. The first part of the evening is a swap between songs and comic interludes.
Molam orchestra


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