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October 23 - 24, 2010 
NAGA FIREBALL FESTIVAL
Along the Mekong River of Pon Pisai district, Nong Khai

As the full moon crests the horizon, ruby orbs of light begin to rise out of the Mekong River. As if by magic, they float silently into the air and then evaporate in the inky blackness, a phenomenon that awes and delights observers privileged to have seen them. The Bang Fai Phaya Nak of the Naga Fireball festival features many merit-making ceremonies, a light and sound presentation titled “The Legend of the Naga Rockets,” long boat races, and sales of food and local products.

 

    October 7, 2010
CHON BURI BUFFALO RACES

Chon Buri

The water buffalo has always played a significant role in agriculture in Thailand.
In this yearly event, the creatures are seen in more unusual and entertaining ways than ploughing fields. They take part in buffalo races and contests pitting buffalo against man. Beauty pageants and various other fun-filled activities are part of the attractions presented.
 
    October 7 - 16, 2010
PHUKET VEGETARIAN FESTIVAL
Phuket

The Thai-Chinese in Phuket have long passed on the vegetarian festival to purify the mind and soul by refraining from meat consumption and meditating. Symbolizing the presence of the deities throughout the festival are 9 lanterns lit up and placed aloft on Ko Teng poles. On the 6th day of the festival, there are religious processions and incredible displays of face-and-body piercing. On the last day, there will be a “Koi Han” ceremony to exorcize ill fortune, and a farewell ceremony for the deities at night.
 
    October 15 - 23, 2010
ILLUMINATED BOAT PROCESSION
Mekong River, Nakhon Phanom

As night falls, majestic ‘fire boats,’ elaborately-adorned with flowers, incense sticks, candles and lanterns, and each bearing an assortment of ritual offerings, are set alight and floated down the Mekong River. This dazzling event marks the end of the Buddhist Lent or ‘Ok Pansa,’ and is accompanied by a colorful street procession and cultural performances.
 
    September 11 - October 24, 2010
INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL OF DANCE AND MUSIC
Thailand Cultural Center, Bangkok

Designed to position Bangkok as a cultural center for world-class performing arts in Asia, the capital will be hosting the International Festival of Dance and Music for the ninth consecutive time this September. Each year, the star-studded festival presents an impressive program of world-class dance and musical performances, bringing together the finest international artists and dancers from countries around the world like Italy, Spain, the Netherlands, Russia, and France, as well as celebrated Thai artists and performers, many of whom have gained international fame.