Bun Phawet or merit making of the 4th lunar month. It is one of the most important
traditions, that showcases the identity and pride of the people of Loei that has
been held successively for a long time. Phawet is a word in which the people of the
Northeast have corrupted the pronunciation from Phra Wes ( Phra Wessandon ), name
of the last reincarnation of the Lord Buddha before his birth as Prince Siddhartha.
Salient feature in this event is the sermon on Phra Wessandon of Thet Maha Chat (
The Great Birth ) which consists of 13 episodes that are to be completed within a
The belief behind this tradition is that the participant in this preaching would
be born again into the religion of Phra SI Ariya Metrai – the land of happiness as
per the Buddhist belief inviting Phra Uppakhut who people of the Northeast believe
is a patron of the Phawet ceremony, procession inviting Phra Wessandon and his wife,
Lady Matsi, to return to the city, enjoy listening to the sermon on Phra Malai Muen
Phra Malai Saen, enjoy the special cuisine of this fair, Khanom Jin, (Thai vermicelli
or khao poon) and steamed sticky rice ( khao tom mut ) to give away to visitors and
offer to the monks in the temple.
Hence, there is a saying that go to khao poon and take the merit at Bun Phawet, enjoy
viewing the procession of Phra Uppakhut, 13 episodes of the great sermon Mahachat,
processions of each episode, enjoy free khao poon, Northeastern style dinner, and
light and sound presentation.
Bun Bangfai Festival ( The Rocket Festival ): The festival is organised annually
around June. Every district will organise colourful parades of Bangfai rockets that
reflect the folk culture and local traditions of Roi Et province, especially the
parades from Phanom Phrai and Suwannaphum districts will be lavishly decorated.
Candle Festival It is organised annually on Asalha Puja Day at the Somdech Phra
Srinakarindra Park. Each temple will beautifully decorate their candle floats with
colourful flowers, and the parade will move along the road via the market to the
cruciform pavilion in the Park. There will also be contests of decorated candles
and floats with cultural performances.
Long Boat Races of Tambon Mueang Bua, Kaset Wisai District .
The event is held annually at the end of the Buddhist Lent, or around mid-October
when there is plenty of water in the river. Boats joining the races are from Roi
Et and nearby provinces including Kalasin, Maha Sarakham, Si Sa Ket, and Nakhon Ratchasima.