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On the first day "BUAT CHEE PHRAM"
(บวชชีพราหมณ์) happens. It is a
huge ordination ceremony during one night. Other days feature free "MOLAM" orchestra
performances, Thai boxing, outdoor cinema, children games and food stalls.
Thai people offer monks robe and donate them to the temple. A huge number of monks
robes can be seen in the background.
After a few prayers and blessings by monks, Thai people walk three times around the "BOT".
A local music group is also performing during the walk around.
A local village police in collaboration with the Thai police
is checking that everything is going on well during the celebration.
This open-air cinema is called "NANG KLANG PLAENG"
There is no fee as a sponsor pays the whole fee.
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...).
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.
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).
Adults and children can also enjoy a ride in a local ferris wheel
The ferry wheel is very popular as it allows seeing the illuminated
temple compound from a high view point.
Thai faithful people visit the temple
to make donations, ask for wishes and take part to the cheerful celebration.
Fireworks are launched on the second day before the official
start of the "MOLAM" music performance.
In Thailand northeastern Buddhist temples, a "MOLAM"
(หมอลำ) orchestra is always present
for important ceremonies.
Music orchestras are a way to attract people
to visit Thai temples during ceremonies.
It lasts until dawn or until nobody listens or watches.
The first part of the evening is a swap between songs and