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The Songkran Festival is the most famous festival in the northern region. It’s the time when the people all over the country visit the north. Songkran in Lamphun is as attractive as other places in the region. It is held annually from 13 – 15 of April around Tha Kham Bridge and Lamphun Municipal complex. Beginning with merit making of food offering to the monks in the morning and bathing the Buddha images, in the afternoon, people enjoy the procession starting from Chakkham Khanathon School to Thakham Bridge, and in the evening there is a lantern floating competition along with other cultural performances and exhibitions such as folk music and classical dances of the Young ethnic people as well as a Miss Songkran Beauty Contest.

The Buddha Image Bathing of Haripunchai Temple is an old tradition held on the full moon day of the sixth lunar month (May). Thai and foreign visitors join the festival. The King grants some royal bathing water and relevant paraphernalia for the rite. The province adds to it with the holy lustrous water from Doi Kha Mo. A cultural exhibition is held for several days. During the day there is a victory drum beating contest, at night there is a Fon Lep contest.

Historical Background of Lamphun Province.

The present day Lamphun Province was originally known as Haripunchai, an ancient city 1,343 years old. According to the Yonok Chronicle, Haripunchai was founded by a holy man named Wasuthep, who recruited the Mon ethnic groups to work on the construction. The city was located in the space between two rivers, Mae Kwuang and Mae Ping. The first ruler of Lamphun was Queen Cham Thewi, a daughter of the King of Lawo.  The last king of the lineage was Phraya Yiba, who lost the city to King Mengrai the Great of the Lan Na Kingdom. Since then, the influence of Lamphun art and culture has been apparent throughout the kingdom especially in Wiang Kum Kam, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai.

Lamphun was incorporated into the Thai Kingdom during the reign of King Taksin the Great. Ever since then, Lamphun was ruled by city rulers until 1922 when the last ruler, Major General Prince Chakkham Khachonsak passed away. Later, Lamphun was changed to a province ruled by a governor, which has continued to the present. The Haripunchai Ancient City was the oldest and most prosperous city in the north. Its history can be divided into five periods: Prehistoric, Early Historical, Lan Na, Early Rattanakosin and Reformation periods. The Prehistoric Period: About 2,000 – 3,000 years ago. Archeological evidence of the period includes Ban Shanghai ancient community on the east of the Mae Wang River, Tambon Ingoing, Lamphun District. The indigenous ethnic group lived there long before the new cultural influence arrived and mingled with it. Early Prehistoric Period: From the 13th – 19th Centuries B.E. The Haripunchai kingdom was established with the influence of the Thevaradi culture of the central plains along the Chao Phraya River. It prospered in terms of religion, art, culture and economy in particular. Its kings were attentive to patronize Buddhism. Its first king or ruler was Queen Cham Thewi.

Lamphun Province, Festivals held around the Province. The Historical background of Lamphun Province