Boun Bang Fai Festival

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Traditionally, the rocket festival is the sixth Lunar month ceremony that Lao people have conducted for many generation(s). It is a very important event that we could not abandon since the early period of time. It is also the important symbol of unity and friendship used to fight against dry weather and to request rain.

Eventhough, belief in the rain god  is less now than in former times,  the Lao still respect this tradition and continue to prepare the rocket festival as one of the most significant activities that takes place before of  the season of rice cultivation. In addition to the preparation of rockets, there are some Buddhist ceremonies such as waterblessing rituals that the senior monks perform at the same event.

The Rocket festival is the only annual chance the farmers have to request rain from the   god called PhayaThaen. Because of the strong belief held since ancient times, when the land was dry and farmers did not have enough water for rice production. So the rocket festival was instituted.

It is the one means for human beings to communicate symbolically with the god to request rain.
 

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