Big Buddha Hill festival Dec. 16-17

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Officials gather to announce how Big Buddha Hill will be lit by lanterns this weekend as artists put on traditional culture shows at the 5th Khao Chee Chan Festival.
Officials gather to announce how Big Buddha Hill will be lit by lanterns this weekend as artists put on traditional culture shows at the 5th Khao Chee Chan Festival.

Big Buddha Hill will be lit by lanterns this weekend as artists put on traditional culture shows at the 5th Khao Chee Chan Festival.

Chonburi Deputy Gov. Chan­chai Iamcharoen and Vice Adm. Pongsak Phureeroj, president of the Khao Chee Chan Cliff Carving Foundation, detailed the program for the Dec. 16-17 festival in Najomtien Sub-district at a Dec. 7 press conference.

The festival, organized by the Chonburi Tourism and Sports Department and the Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration, is held annually to promote cultural tourism and reinforce strength in the community. It also pays tribute to HM the late King Rama IX and late Supreme Patriarch Nyanasamvara.

In addition to the usual lantern parade, the festival will feature a huge outdoor Thai opera performance of “Ramakien”, an “acid sand” ceremony and the throwing of ‘kabinlapat” spears by 100 Thai artists.

Royal compositions of HM the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej also will be played by the Royal Thai Navy Band while artisans will perform a “thepbanthong” dance and perform shadow plays.

The festival begins at 9 a.m. and runs the entire day.