Aside from important religious days, Songkran Day and New Yearâ€™s Day, Buriram also has other local festivals such as the festival of the 5th lunar month when the locals make merit, bathe Buddha images and senior people, perform traditional sports such as Saba and tug of war. In some areas like Amphoe Phutthaisong, there is the Bang Fai traditional rocket dance, Khao Phansa, at the beginning of Buddhist Lent and Loi Krathong in the 12th lunar month. Some of the local festivals include:
PHRACHAO YAI WAT HONG HOMAGE – PAYING FAIR (à¸‡à¸²à¸™à¸™à¸¡à¸±à¸ªà¸à¸²à¸£à¸žà¸£à¸°à¹€à¸ˆà¹‰à¸²à¹ƒà¸«à¸à¹ˆà¸§à¸±à¸”à¸«à¸‡à¸©à¹Œ)
Held in Amphoe Phutthaisong during the 14th day of the waxing moon to the 1st day of the waning moon in the 3rd lunar month of every year. It is a fair to pay homage to and for applying gold leaf on the Phrachao Yai, a highly revered Buddha image of the people of Buriram. The event lasts 3 days with numerous merit-making ceremonies and fun-filled activities.
BUDDHA’S FOOTPRINT HOMAGE – PAYING FAIR (à¸‡à¸²à¸™à¸™à¸¡à¸±à¸ªà¸à¸²à¸£à¸£à¸à¸¢à¸žà¸£à¸°à¸žà¸¸à¸—à¸˜à¸šà¸²à¸—à¸ˆà¸³à¸¥à¸à¸‡)
The event takes place at Khao Kradong, Amphoe Mueang Buriram, on the full moon day of the 3rd lunar month. A large number of local people visit Khao Kradong to pay homage to a replica of the Buddhaâ€™s footprint and the Phra Suphattharabophit image whilst enjoying the big celebration.
PHANOM RUNG FAIR (à¸‡à¸²à¸™à¸›à¸£à¸°à¹€à¸žà¸“à¸µà¸‚à¸¶à¹‰à¸™à¹€à¸‚à¸²à¸žà¸™à¸¡à¸£à¸¸à¹‰à¸‡)
Phanom Rung Sanctuary was once a sacred Hindu shrine which was later changed into a religious site for Buddhists. During the time it was deserted, a replica of the Buddhaâ€™s footprint was taken to be enshrined at Prang Noi. It has become a tradition for local people to climb up to the mountaintop to pay respect to the Buddhaâ€™s footprint and put gold leaf on it. Every year, on the full moon day of the 5th lunar month, there is an annual festival to pay respect to the site. Because Phanom Rung is a beautiful and important historical site, the province also organizes an annual festival on the first weekends of April when a colourful parade is held following ancient royal Khmer tradition as well as a sound and light show at the Phanom Rung Sanctuary.
BURIRAM LONG BOAT RACES (à¸›à¸£à¸°à¹€à¸žà¸“à¸µà¹à¸‚à¹ˆà¸‡à¹€à¸£à¸·à¸à¸¢à¸²à¸§à¸ˆà¸±à¸‡à¸«à¸§à¸±à¸”à¸šà¸¸à¸£à¸µà¸£à¸±à¸¡à¸¢à¹Œ)
It is organized annually on the first weekend of November when the Mun River is high. Oarsmen from Buriram and other nearby provinces would gather to join the boat racing which is held in front of Amphoe Satuekâ€™s district office. Each year, there are about 40 to 50 boats in the competition. There is also a parade of fancy decorated boats during the event. Boat racing was once a traditional festival celebrated among friends and relatives to pay homage to Chaopho Wang Krut, a spirit named after a whirlpool in the Mun River. Since 1986, it has become a festival of the province.
ISAAN KITE FESTIVAL (à¸‡à¸²à¸™à¸¡à¸«à¸à¸£à¸£à¸¡à¸§à¹ˆà¸²à¸§à¸à¸µà¸ªà¸²à¸™à¸šà¸¸à¸£à¸µà¸£à¸±à¸¡à¸¢à¹Œ)
Held annually at the sports stadium in Amphoe Huai Rat on the first weekend of December, or during the harvest season when the cold northeastern wind blows. At this time of the year, local people make “aek” kites, a traditional kite of the Northeastern people. Buriram province organized the first Isan Kite Festival in 1986 to conserve and publicize the local tradition of the Lower Northeast. There is also a kite competition among the locals who come from the surrounding districts and villages. A kite to enter the competition must be more than 2.5 metres wide and it is judged for its beautiful design, the sound of the “aek” â€“ a soundâ€“making device attached to the kite – and the way it floats in the sky. During the event there are also colourful kite parades, folk performances, shows and booths displaying the local products.