Photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand
Photo: Tourism Authority of Thailand

Mon Floating Boat Festival 2018

Travel log September 15, 2018 01:00

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The annual Mon Floating Boat festival 2018 takes place this year from September 23-25 at Wang Wiwekaram Temple in Sangkhlaburi, Kanchanaburi.

Rooted in both animist and Buddhist philosophy, Mon people believe offering alms in a floating boat pays respect to the ‘angel of the river’, forest and earth. On the first day, villagers prepare for the ceremony by putting final touches on a bamboo boat over one month in the making, dress it in paper flags and other decorations.

On the second day, religious activities include making merit and offering alms to Buddhist monks and filling boats with a colourful display of bananas, sugar cane, desserts, floral arrangements and candles.

The final day concludes the festival with Mon villagers pushing their individual boats out on to the Samprasob River to cleanse themselves of all the bad things in life. Traditional Mon festive costumes, sarongs with red and white plaid long sleeve shirts for men, red sarongs and white long sleeve shirts for women, brighten the event.

The festival takes place at the Ban Wang Ka Mon community in Sangkhlaburi town, Kanchanaburi. Other points of interest and beautiful attractions in the district include Pom Pee View Point, Muang Badan (The Underwater Temple), Mon Bridge and more.

For more information, contact the TAT Kanchanaburi Office on Tel: 03451-1200; 03451-2500 or E-mail: tatkan@tat.or.th, tourismkan@gmail.com