Wednesday 27 July 2011

The Candle Festival

Candles to me are generally cylindrical or cubic, with a few arty exceptions, and can usually be carried in one hand.  I do have a couple that might need two hands but that's as far as it goes.  It wasn't until I looked more carefully at this card and tried to find out more that I realised the golden figures are in fact wax sculptures and known as candles.  I don't think they have wicks though.

Every year Ubon Ratchathani in Thailand holds a month-long Candle Festival.  It's held in July, marking the beginning of the Buddhist season of Lent, a time when the monks stay inside the temples to devote their time to study and meditation.

The highlight of the festival is the parade of intricately carved wax figures carried along in decorated floats.  Some are accompanied by scenes carved in wood or plaster and then covered in wax.  There is dancing and music too, of course.  All the candles are donated to local temples.
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  1. What amazing sculptures. Do they stay in the temples or are they melted down to make temple candles? I shall have to research . . .

  2. They really are amazing and I would like to see them up close and personal.


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