BANGKOK, 16 April 2019 (NNT) - Many provinces have conserved Songkran festival such as a spectacular procession of flower trees in Loei, besides the splashing of water and merit-making activities at temples.
The procession of flower trees is held in April yearly in Na Haew district of Loei province as local villagers hold homage-paying rituals on Songkran Day as the Thai New Year’s Day.
Flower trees range in size from a medium size for four people to carry to a large size for six to 10 people to carry around Sri Pho Chai temple. Every flower tree is adorned with lit candles and circled around the temple all night long. The flower trees are only brought out of the temple area in the morning. Some may be re-used in the following evening.
The process of flower trees at Baan Saeng Pha has dated back for over 400 years since the construction of Sri Pho Chai temple. It is a spectacular, ancient event which the local villagers have conserved as the only tradition of its kind in Thailand, drawing an increasing number of visitors during Songkran festival.
In Nakhon Phanom, the sacred footprint of Lord Buddha in the middle of Mekong River in Tha Uthen district has dated back for over 2,000 years. In the summertime, the river subsides so much the footprint is visible. During Songkran festival, local villagers and visitors, Thai and Laotian alike, come to worship. Pontoons were built for the visitors to worship the footprint in the river.
In Uthai Thani, many Buddhists make merits and pay homage at Chantharam or Tha Sung temple in capital district of the province. At the glittering, magnificent 100-meter-high Mosaic Temple situates a replica of Phra Buddha Chinarat image and remains of the reverend Luang Phor Phra Ratchaphromyan or Luang Phor Ruesee Ling Dam where people come to pay homage.
In Trat, many Buddhists and Cambodian migrant workers have brought sand to Khlong Phet temple in Wang Krajae community in capital district of the province to make sand stupas. The local villagers traditionally gather that they are returning the sand and earth which they may have brought under their feet out of the temple area and the sand and earth are returned in the form of sand stupas.
In Hat Yai, a procession of blankets for a Reclining Buddha image is organized in the fifth month of the Thai calendar year. Many local villagers as well as Thai and Malaysian visitors join in the procession of a replica of the Reclining Buddha image and blankets in floral floats to Hat Yai temple with the attendees making wishes for an auspicious, prosperous life. The Reclining Buddha image which is 35 meters long, 15 meters high and 10 meters wide is the world’s third biggest.
In Nan, many people attend the homage-paying and bathing ceremony for Chiang Klang town pillar in Chiang Klang district and Coquette Songkran festival, featuring a procession through a water tunnel from Nam Thip pond sprinkling the water onto thousands of local villagers and visitors dressed in local costumes.