Bun Bang Fai Rocket Festival
Rocket launchers in Thailand © Pawyilee
The skies around the town of Yasothon light up on this night with fireworks and rockets, tempting the clouds to spill their precious rain over the rice fields. Originating in pre-Buddhist times, it is a fertility rite held to celebrate and to encourage the coming of the rainy season, and parade ornaments and floats often sport phallic symbols and imagery. Although the humble origins lie in superstition, the festival is today a competition to see who has the biggest rocket. For more information phone the Yasothon Municipality on (0)45 711 397 or the Thailand Tourist Office on (0)2 694 1222.
Venue: Phaya Thaen Park, Yasothon
Date: 16-17 May 2015