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Festivals around Saraburi

The Pa Sak Boat Racing Festival  is a major annual regatta that takes place at the pier in front of the Sao Hai District Office on the last Saturday or Sunday of September. Famous long boats from all over the country join in the race. There are four categories: boats with 55 paddlers, 30 paddlers, 12 paddlers, and 10 paddlers. This festival is a way to preserve the local tradition.

The Tak Bat Dok Mai Ceremony is considered a significant tradition of Phra Phutthabat District. This merit-making ceremony is held to coincide with the start of the annual three-month Buddhist Lent on the first day of the waning moon of the eighth lunar month. During the ceremony, people will offer alms to monks as well as candles to Wat Phra Phutthabat early in the morning. During the afternoon, they will offer flowers to the monks at Wat Phra Phutthabat Ratchaworamahawihan, Khun Khlon Sub-district, Phra Phutthabat District. They will go to collect a kind of flower similar to Krachai (Rotunda) or turmeric with yellow or white flowers called “The Flower of Buddhist Lent”. This herb-like flower is found on the hillside only during the Buddhist Lent period and only in Saraburi. While the monks are walking up the staircase to bring the flowers to pay homage to the Lord Buddha’s footprint, people will wait along the steps with a bowl of clean water floated with bullet wood flowers. They will pour the water onto the feet of the monks as a means of washing their sins. The Flower of Buddhist Lent was listed as a new species of plant in the world in the International Flowers Fair in July 2001 at Jurong Bird Park in Singapore.

Hae Phra Khiao Kaeo  Buddhists believe that Phra Khiao Kaeo was the tooth of the Lord Buddha. The tradition is held on the first day of the waxing moon in the fourth lunar month. The people of Amphoe Phra Phutthabat will take the tooth from Wat Phra Phutthabat Ratchaworamahawihan Museum and bear it in a procession around the town. They believe that if the procession is held, they will live in wealth and happiness. It is an annual tradition of Phra Phutthabat District.

The Chaopho Khao Tok Fair or Chaopho Khao Tok Procession is held at Wat Phra Phutthabat Ratchaworamahawihan, Phra Phutthabat District, and is an annual fair. The event features supernatural power performances of Chaopho Khao Tok such as fire walking. There is also the Lo Ko dragon parade and Chinese opera. Mainly Chinese people, especially the followers of Chaopho Khao Tok, from all over the country come to celebrate this festival. The event is held from the first day of the waxing moon in the fourth lunar month for four days.

Further Festivals around the Province

Saraburi Province page 13, Festivals held here Saraburi Province Page 15, How to get to Saraburi and Adisorn Golf Course