The Candle Festival, also known as the “Festival of Lights,” is an annual event held in Ubon Ratchathani in northeastern Thailand.
It is a cultural and religious celebration during the full moon of the twelfth lunar month, typically in July.
The festival’s highlight is the parade of beautifully-decorated candle-lit floats carried through the streets by participants dressed in traditional Thai costumes.
The floats are typically made of wood and are shaped like temples, pagodas, and other religious structures. The candles are lit and carried on the floats, a colourful and lively spectacle.
The Candle Festival is not only a visual feast but also has a deep meaning; it is held to pay respect to the Lord Buddha and to ask for blessings and good luck for the coming year.
People in Ubon Ratchathani also believe that by participating in the festival, they will earn merit and be able to accumulate good karma.
During the festival, visitors can also enjoy traditional Thai music and dance performances and street vendors selling traditional Thai food and souvenirs.
Visitors can also participate in religious ceremonies and rituals throughout the festival, such as offering candles and incense to the Buddha.
The Candle Festival is an excellent opportunity to experience Thai culture and tradition and to witness the beauty of the decorated floats and the colourful parade.
It is usually held for three days and starts in the evening. Therefore, the best time to visit is between 6 pm to 9 pm.
Visitors should be aware that the festival can be pretty crowded, and it is recommended to wear comfortable shoes and dress modestly.
Bringing insect repellent is also a good idea, as mosquitoes are often around.