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Buddhist Lent in Thailand 🕯️🙏🕯️

Buddhist Lent in Thailand is a three-month period that typically begins in July. (Ubon Candle Festival able to visit throughout the month 4-31 Aug.'23). It marks the start of the rainy season, during which monks are required to stay in their temples and engage in intensive meditation and study. This practice of "rain retreat" is a time for spiritual reflection and focus on Buddhist teachings.

During Buddhist Lent, Thai people often participate in merit-making activities, visit temples and engage in acts of generosity and kindness. They offer food, candles and other items to the monks. Thai people will also perform acts of charity and engage in meditation and prayer during this period.

Candle Festivals in Thailand:

While not specifically related to Lent, Thailand does have some unique candle festivals that are held at different times of the year. For example:

• Yi Peng Lantern Festival: This festival, which is usually held in November, is celebrated in Northern Thailand, particularly in Chiang Mai. Thousands of lanterns, known as "khom loi", are released into the night sky, creating a magical sight.

• Loy Krathong Festival: Celebrated nationwide on the full moon night of the 12th lunar month (usually in November), this festival involves floating small, decorated baskets (krathongs) on rivers and waterways as a symbolic gesture to let go of negative emotions and seek forgiveness.

*It's important to note that Thailand's cultural and religious practices can be diverse, and there might be regional or local traditions that include candle processions or parades that are not directly related to Lent. If you are specifically interested in a "Thai candle parade" or any other local traditions, I recommend researching specific events or contacting local organizations or tourism authorities for the most up-to-date information.

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