Flower Parade at Ban Sang Pa Village in Loei

“Flower Parade and Wat Sri Pho Chai”

          What are things that remind you of Songkran festival? Certainly, patting others’ body with soft-prepared chalk, splashing water, and pouring water on the hands of respectful elders and asking them for blessing are highlights of the festival. In Ban Sang Napa located in Loei province, they are not only practicing the mentioned ritual, they also have an old traditional parade annually held on the period. It is called “Tree Flower Parade.” Forget about previous tree flowers that you have seen.The trees are truly amazing, for they are made of bamboo poles bundled in hourglass shape, decorated with fresh flowers for dedicating, as offerings in Thai Buddhism belief, to many temples. Many villages in the country practice this ritual, but the most astonishing parade is held at “Ban Sang Pa Village.”

“Flower Parade and Wat Sri Pho Chai”

Whatare things that remind you of Songkran festival? Certainly, patting others’ body with soft-prepared chalk, splashing water, and pouring water on the hands of respectful elders and asking them for blessing are highlights of the festival. In Ban Sang Napa located in Loei province, they are not only practicing the mentioned ritual, they also have an old traditional parade annually held on the period. It is called “Tree Flower Parade.” Forget about previous tree flowers that you have seen.The trees are truly amazing, for they are made of bamboo poles bundled in hourglass shape, decorated with fresh flowers for dedicating, as offerings in Thai Buddhism belief, to many temples. Many villages in the country practice this ritual, but the most astonishing parade is held at “Ban Sang Pa Village.”

When Songkran Festival is about to begin, the villagers become more energetic and cheerful than usual, as they are making Tree Flower for the upcoming festival. Processes of making the tree are not easy. Firstly, they have to find bamboo poles and bundle them altogether in order to create a structure of the tree.The tree contains of nine components. Most of villages in Loei are building the tree for the ceremony, but those are not comparable to the trees of Ban Sang Pa as they are always most elegant and gigantic. The largest tree that the villagers have made is 3 metres width and 15 metres height. Its mere structure was made of 40 bamboo poles. Also, being a part of the tree parade is fun and entertaining, as, in the event, there is local music played by local instruments, such as cymbals, wooden rhyme crappers, gongs, drums, lao reed mouthorgans, mandolin, and so on, for celebrants to dance and sing along. And, those who respond for shouldering the offerings are moving them along with the music beautifully. Being blown around when the trees are being moved, candle lights on the trees is like awe phoenixes flying around the village.

The ceremony annually beings on 19.00 to 21.00 of 14th -16th April and every Buddhist Holy Day in April. When the parade arrives to Wat Sri Pho Chai, it will circle around the temple in counter-clockwise direction. The meaning behind the movement is to pay worship to Buddha, Dharma (Buddhist teaching), and Sangha (monks). Then, the parade will stop and people will parade the tree back in order to replace its flowers and candles with the fresh ones for other nights of the ceremony.

Check-in Destinations

The village welcome visitors throughout the year even though there is no festive parade in the other months. The locals are living with beautiful folkways. People always come to pay homage to the three Buddhist cores at Wat Sri Pho Chai for blessings. The temple was decorated with charming Lan Chang art style mixed to Thai art style. The wooden high hall for keeping Buddhist scriptures located next to the temple is where the miniature 700 years Buddha statue locally known as “LuangPorPetch” is enshrined.As the village has joined the campaign OTOP Cultural Village, there are many restaurants and hotels for visitors. The village is able to provide you good food and comfy bed, so don’t worry about convenience.

Location

Take highway 2114 from Amphoe DaanSai and turn left to highway 2113. Then, drive straight to mountain driveway running through Amphoe  Na Haeo for 35 km, and turn left to highway 1268. Driving for 10 km, you will see the village.

 

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