in Thai's northern
Provinces of Thailand are Chiang Mai (chiang-mai),
Chiang Rai (chiang-rary), Mae Hong Son
(mae-horng-sorn), Lamphun (lum-poon),
Lampang (lum-parng) for example which have
many interesting places with specific beautiful local arts and
Especially, these provinces have their own local traditions in
special moment of the year. The special local traditions that
important to northern people as:
This festival comes from two local words are "pory
(ปอย)" means celebrate and "luang
(หลวง)" means big or huge, therefore, "pory-luang"
means a big or huge celebration. This festival has an objection
for celebrating for temples with new constructions such as a new
monks' house, a new pavilion for sermons in a monastery and a
new or a renovated pagoda.
This festival is set on a period between February to June for
7 day. The temple will inform people in area and other temples
for continuing inform people around to make offerings of their
own. Then, on the date, they will set a procession with musical
instruments such as a gong, a tomtom, cymbals, small cup-shaped
cymbals and play along with dancers to the celebrated temple.
Afterwards, there is a contest for offerings of each area too.
A Lanna's (Northern people) calendar sets a day that the sun moves
from Pisces to Aries as Songkran Festival which do not match with
Songkran Festival of normal Thai's calendar on 13th April. Normally,
the festival will sets for 5 days for life and family of Lanna's
favorable ceremony such as cleaning houses, merit - making by
putting food into the bowls of Buddhist monks, making offerings,
making sand pagoda
and people will pay their respects to the elders by pouring scented
water over the palms of their hands. Most of all, people joyfully
splash water on each other and tourist.
The festival is present on night 15th month 2nd on the northern
lunar calendar which on November or December of normal calendar.
This is festival or lory gra-tong (ลอยกระทง)
tradition is a tradition of Lanna people to make offerings to
one's ancestors by making a vessel to put worshipful things, light
the candles and joss-sticks, and launch their vessels flow with
Besides, as doing the
same thing as other Thai people in other area do, Northern people
also have two kinds of floating lamp called koem-lory
(โคมลอย) as a kind of launching into the day sky and a kind
of launching into the night sky. The koem-lory is
a vessel that can drift to the sky, especially ones that drift
into the night sky is very beautiful with light.