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Rocket Festival (Bun Bang Fai)

Andrew Reeve

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In the provinces of Chiang Mai and Yasothon and the north-eastern region of Isan, the climate is very dry. There is an annual tradition in each of these areas to construct projectiles made of bamboo. The bamboo rockets are around 20 feet in length and are fueled by a mix of Sulphur and charcoal and then launched into the air to remind the god Phaya Thaen of his promise to provide rain, as it is needed to help the crops grow.

Did this festival go ahead this year in each province and region and can anyone provide dates when the festival will run again?

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