BANGKOK, 10 November 2013 Nakhon Ratchasima has held its annual Long Boat Racing festival to mark the end of the three-month annual Buddhist Lent.
The festival presided over by the provincial governor was organized under the cooperation of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Phimai District. According to the governor, the festival was held with an aim to carry on the Thai tradition, which has been passed down from generation to generation. The event was also held in honor of Their Majesties King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Queen Sirikit. There were around 40 boats joining the competition.
The Long Boat Racing Festival is one of the traditional activities that mark the end of the Buddhist Lent. The history of the festival can be traced back to the Ayutthaya period or about 600 years ago. The festival is usually held nationwide notably in Phichit, Phitsanulok, Ayutthaya, Buriram, and Nakhon Ratchasima.
Boats used in the competition are made from special trees, while the rowing crews are trained to be as physically fit as possible and ready for the festival. Other than the competitions, visitors can also enjoy boat procession and other cultural performances.