Rocket Festival

Bun Bang Fai is a rocket festival that takes place in the northeast of Thailand (known as Isaan) and in Laos which usually lasts for 3 days.

Yasothon has the biggest event, with some rockets up to 9 metres in length, weighing over 100 kg. Entrants aim to impress judges by setting off beautiful rockets that go higher and farther than their competitors. It takes place during full moon in May, and is a way of making merit and an offering to bring a successful rainy season.

The festival’s highlight is the contest of the rocket that goes the highest or the furthest. The program also includes a parade in traditional costumes, street shows and a beauty pageant.

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