Nakhon Si Tammarat, Festivals to look out for here
Phra Phutthasihing is housed in the Phra Phutthasihing hall near the Provincial
Hall. This sacred image was believed to have been ordered by the king of Lanka in
157 AD and was brought to Thailand during the reign of King Ramkhamhaeng the Great.
There are currently 3 similar images in Thailand which are at the National Museum
in Bangkok, Wat Phra Sing in Chiang Mai and this image in Nakhon Si Thammarat. The
hall housing the image was originally the Buddha image hall of the palace of Chao
Phraya Nakhon (Noi). The hall is divided into 2 parts; the front portion houses Phra
Phutthasihing, Phra Lak Ngoen and Phra Lak Thong and the back portion houses the
ashes of the ancestors of the Na Nakhon family.
Hae Pha Khun That Festival
Is celebrated at Phra Borom That Chedi. The pagoda is considered to be the representative
of Lord Buddha and is believed by locals to possess unsurpassed might of righteousness
as it contains holy relics. Every year Buddhists pay homage to the pagoda by organizing
a procession bearing a religious cloth to wrap around the pagoda to bring good fortune
and success. This festival is held twice a year during Makha Bucha Day (the 15th
full-moon night of February) and Wisakha Bucha Day (the 15th full-moon night of May).
Festival of the Tenth Lunar Month
is a grand event of the province and of southern Thailand. This festival is held
from the 1st waning-moon night to the 15th waning-moon night every September. It
is held to pay respect to deceased ancestors. According to Buddhism beliefs, the
dead had many sins and was sent to hell to become a demon. The demons are allowed
to come up to meet their relatives for15 days in September, but must return to hell
before sunrise of the 15th day. The living try to appease the spirits by taking food
to temples to make merit. Beginning on the 13th day, people will go shopping for
food to be given. The 14th day is spent preparing and decorating the food tray, and
the 15th day is the actual merit-making day. The tray presented nowadays has elaborate
designs but still retains traditional components. Contests to find the most beautiful
tray are held. A magnificent procession proceeds along Ratchadamnoen Road on the
Chak Phra of Lak Phra Festival
is influenced by Indian culture, which expanded into the province a long time ago.
The festival signifies the joy that people had when Lord Buddha returned from the
heaven and the Lord was invited to sit on a throne and carried to a palace. In practice,
locals would bear a Buddha image holding a bowl in a procession around the city.
Held in October, the festival is preceded by activities 7 days before, such as beating
drums, playing castanets and decorating the ceremonial throne for the image. The
actual ceremony is usually held only on the last day of the Buddhist lent. People
would take the image from the temple in the morning and proceed to Benchama Rachuthit
School in Amphoe Muang. This is also done in front of Ron Phibun district office.
In addition, there is a water-borne procession on Pak Phanang River in Pak Phanang,
which coincides with an annual boat race for a trophy from the Crown Princess.