See spooky goings-on at the Phi Ta Khon Festival in Thailand - AsiaRooms.com

April 28, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News
AsiaRooms.com can announce that every year, the people of the Loei province in northern Thailand come out in force to celebrate their equivalent of Halloween.

Festivities in the region are held during June and stem from the local belief in ghosts and spirits.

People staying in accommodation in Chiang Mai could find that taking a trip to the east of the city is a good move in order to enjoy this unusual event.

Running from June 12th to 14th, the Phi Ta Khon Festival features lively and colourful processions and dances which tell the story of Buddha's final incarnation before attaining enlightenment.

Local men from the village dress up in vibrant costumes and highly decorated masks to perform in the parade, often encouraging those who attend to join in the celebrations.

Anyone who has booked accommodation in Thailand will find the festival a fun diversion and may be able to see the similarities with western Halloween celebrations.

Tourists can have fun trying to distinguish between the two types of spirit depicted in the parade - namely the supreme Phi Ta Khon and the Phi Ta Khon Lek, or common spirit.

Villagers dance and march their way to the temple, where bamboo rockets are fired into the heavens to signify the end of the procession.

Posted by Delia Jones

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