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Illuminated Boat Procession

As night falls, majestic ‘fire boats’, elaborately-adorned with flowers, incense sticks, candles and lanterns and each bearing an assortment of ritual offerings, are set alight and floated down the Mekong River.

Against the darkness of the moonlit night, the sight of flickering light from candles and lanterns on magnificent ‘fire boats’ drifting downstream on the Mekong River, is both mesmerizing and awe-inspiring. It is this enchanting spectacle that has given the water-borne procession its very name — ‘Lai Reua Fai’, which literally means to set afloat a ‘fire boat’.

The illuminated boat procession is celebrated in I-San, the northeastern region of Thailand on the 15th day of the waxing moon to the first day of the waning moon in the 11th lunar month of the Buddhist calendar, usually a month earlier than the corresponding month in the conventional calendar. This dazzling event marks the end of the Buddhist Lent or ‘Ok pansa’ and is accompanied by a colourful street procession and cultural performances which add to the highlights of the event which is held annually.

Samui Hill fun run set for Sept. 2

THE Samui Hill Challenge Fun Run will be held Sept. 2 at the PanyaDee School in Chaweng Noi.

Registration of the six-kilometer run will start at 6 a.m. on the day of the race. The race starts at 7 a.m.

Aside from the six-km race, there will be another two kilometer fun run for all ages.

The entry fee to join the race is Bt250. In return, the runner gets a free breakfast and a T-shirt.

The first male and female participants to complete the race will win Bt5,000 and a trophy each. The second and third finishers will each get a trophy.

All proceeds in the run will go to Green Island Project and Samui Rescue Foundation.


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