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Chak Phra festival marks end of lent


Several Buddhists in Songkhla province participated in the Chak Phra festival, playing the Laem Pho folk song to mark the end of the Buddhist Lent at Laem Pho priest camp site in Hat Yai district on Saturday.

Chak Phra festival marks end of lent

The boat carrying the Buddha's statue was decorated by folk art craftsmen who live near Songkhla Lake. A huge number of people took part in the festival.

Chak Phra festival marks end of lent

Chak Phra is an annual Buddhist festival celebrated in southern Thailand. The name means “pulling the Buddha”, “pulling Buddhist monks”, or “pulling the ceremonial Buddha image carriage”.

Chak Phra festival marks end of lent

Chak Phra takes place on the first day of the waning moon of the 11th lunar month of the traditional Thai lunar calendar, hence the dates of the festival differ each year. As per the Gregorian calendar, this usually falls in the month of October.

The festival is celebrated in two ways -- by carrying a Buddha statue on land, or on the river -- depending on the location of the local temple.

Published : October 04, 2020

By : The Nation Photo Credit: Nation Photo by Charoon Thongnual