Festival of the Tenth Lunar
Festival of the Tenth Lunar Month is a grand event of the province
and of southern Thailand. This festival is held from the 1st waning-moon
night to the 15th waning-moon night every September. It is held to
pay respect to deceased ancestors. According to Buddhism beliefs,
the dead had many sins and was sent to hell to become a demon. The
demons are allowed to come up to meet their relatives for 15 days
in September, but must return to hell before sunrise of the 15th day.
The living try to appease the spirits by taking food to temples to
make merit. Beginning on the 13th day, people will go shopping for
food to be given. The 14th day is spent preparing and decorating the
food tray, and the 15th day is the actual merit-making day. The tray
presented nowadays has elaborate designs but still retains traditional
components. Contests to find the most beautiful tray are held. A magnificent
procession proceeds along Ratchadamnoen Road on the 14th day.