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Events and Festivals 
 
 

EVENTS AND FESTIVALS OF LAMPANG

 

LUANG WIANG LAKHON FAIR

 


The festival is held just prior to the annual Loi Krathong event around Wat Phra Kaeo Don Tao and Wat Phrathat Lampang Luang, featuring Lampang’s own historical backgrounds and long-established customs and traditions. A Khrua Than procession is organized with local people dressed in native attires carrying various traditional household appliances, some of which are of ancient vintage.

 

SALUNG LUANG PROCESSION AND SONGKRAN FESTIVAL

 


It is the unique Songkran festival of Lampang, organized during 12-14 April every year. On the 12 April, the Salung Luang procession will be beautifully decorated. (Salung means a water bowl and Luang means large) the participants in the parade will dress up in the ancient Lanna style and carry a giant silver bowl around the city to receive lustral water soaked with turmeric and acacia from the people to be poured onto the Phra Kaeo Don Tao, the revered Buddha image of the town enshrined at Wat Phrathat Lampang Luang. Then, during 13-14 April every year, there will be a merit making ceremony at the temple, sand pagoda making ceremony of pouring water onto the elderly, splashing of water, fairs and various forms of entertainment.

 

CEREMONIES OT WORSHIP CITY PILLARS AND TO BRING GOOD LUCK FOR THE CITY

 


These are held in front of City Hall in February. This annual tradition having long been observed by the people of Lampang comprises Buddhist and Brahman rituals and the Phi Mot Phi Meng traditional dance to worship the ancestral spirits and bring in auspiciousness to the city.



KHANTOK CHANG FAIR

 


This event is organised on the first Friday-Saturday period of February each year at the Thai Elephant conservation Centre. There is an elephant show and the pachyderms are feasted with their popular fruits and vegetables which are placed on the Tok, a traditional food tray of the Lanna people.

 

LAMPANG TRAINS AND HOURSE CARRIAGES DAY


This festival is organized at the Nakhon lampang Railway Station at the beginning of April to commemorate the first royal train that arrived to the station 1 April, 1916. In the event, there will be an exhibition and Kat Mua market, where the participants will dress up in the traditional style of costume of some 80 years ago, when the house carriage was first used in Lampang. The carriage service is also provided in the event.

 

LONG SAPAO CHAO WIANG LAKON FESTIVAL

 


This festival is held in November at Wat Phrathat Lampang Luang in Ko Kha district. Activities include a merit-making rocket procession, a contest of Mong Soeng or Pucha drum beating, a light and sound presentation in the late evening, and Khantok dinner.