Ubon Ratchathani hosts the Candle Festival to mark the beginning of Buddhist Lent. This festival shows the people’s devotion to Buddhist tradition as well as their skills in carving magnificent candles.
Candle festival was held annually around the mid of July of Buddhist calendar. Originally, a bundle of small candles was presented to the monks along with other basic essentials to use during this period. Over time, people started to carve the candles into beautiful shapes and in the reign of King Rama V, the Candle Festival and competitions associated with it were established to find the most beautiful candle. The Candle Procession, which takes place on Khao Phansa Day, features the Royal Candle sent by H.M. the King, and the ornately carved beeswax candles made by the local people. These are paraded around the city streets on floats. There is also an International Wax Sculpture Competition in which artists from all over the world display their works.
As a way of promoting the tourism economy in the province, the tourism officers have organized different annual activities for the tourists aside from the main event or the candle procession. Experiencing the night scene in Thailand through art exhibits, singing, dancing and other cultural forms of entertainment is a great way to learn more about their way of life. Foodies who are craving to try something new can check out the food stands that offer various kinds of Thai dishes. Tourists can go inside souvenir shops as well and stroll around the area for trinkets and souvenirs that they can take home to their loved ones. lastly, no festival is complete without the majestic fireworks display to perfectly end the night.