Boun Bang Fai “rocket festival” is a merit-making ceremony traditionally practiced by ethnic Lao people throughout Thailands Isaan region and especially Laos. It has been believed to be helpful in terms of agricultural aspects – Phaya Thaen, the God of Rain is asked by the help of gunpowder to deliver a decent amount of rain. Celebrations typically include music and dance performances, competitive processions of floats and the competitive firings of home-made rockets. Local participants and sponsors use the occasion to enhance their social prestige.
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