No political satire on Buddhist Lent

The atmosphere in the lead-up to the annual Candle Festival to mark the beginning of Buddhist Lent is less festive than usual in the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima because the 2nd Army has banned all political satire from the traditional parade of giant carved candles, according to Post Today online.

This is reportedly intended to prevent a recurrence of conflict in society.

This year's Candle Festival to mark Khao Pansa Day (the beginning of Buddhist Lent), organised by Nakhon Ratchasima Municipality, will be held between July 11-13.

Candles representing temples, districts or other institutions, are now about 80% completed.  The carvings on the candles mostly tell stories about the Lord Buddha and the royal institution.

The highlight of this year's festival in Nakhon Ratchasima will be a parade of floats carrying the giant candles on roads through part of the city and around the statue of Ya Mo, or Thao Suranaree, on July 12.

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