Thailand’s Bun Bang Fai Festival of Rockets

Every year from April until June, the skies over the vast northeastern region of Thailand known as Isan fills with the smoke of rockets rising up over the rice fields. The rockets range from the traditional cylindrical missiles to rotating contraptions that are as dangerous as they look. Welcome to the annual Bun Bang Fai Festival (ประเพณีบุญบั้งไฟ — Prapheni Bun Bang Fai), where the superstition of … Continue reading Thailand’s Bun Bang Fai Festival of Rockets

Thailand #538 (1969)

Loi Krathong / ลอยกระทง

Loi Krathong (ลอยกระทง) is a festival celebrated annually throughout southwestern Tai cultures, (Thailand, Laos, Shan, Tanintharyi, Kelantan, Kedah and Xishuangbanna). The name could be translated as “to float a basket”, and comes from the tradition of making krathong or buoyant, decorated baskets, which are then floated on a river. Loi Krathong takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the … Continue reading Loi Krathong / ลอยกระทง

Day of the Dead / Día de Muertos

Running in 2016 from October 31 until November 2, Day of the Dead (Día de Muertos) is a Mexican holiday celebrated throughout Mexico, in particular the Central and South regions, and by people of Mexican ancestry living in other places, especially the United States. It is acknowledged internationally in many other cultures. The multi-day holiday focuses on gatherings of family and friends to pray for … Continue reading Day of the Dead / Día de Muertos