Bumblebee candle hit for Buddhist Lent

NAKHON RATCHASIMA - Students at Nong Bua Loy school in Phimai district are eagerly awaiting the completion of one of their favourite transformer heroes, Bumblebee, being built as a giant wax candle for the Buddhist Lent parade by their teacher.

Teacher Watchara Nadee makes a giant candle every year.

This year the students voted that he should make a wax sculpture their cartoon hero idol, Bumblebee, to be part of the annual parade of giant candles.

''I have normally created famous people in Thailand or other countries every year. But I could not think of one this year, so I let my students vote and decide what I should do,'' Mr Watchara Nadee said on Friday.

The result was one of the famous fictional characters in the blockbuster Transformers series.

The Bumblebee wax was nearly complete, and Mr Watchara said it would be ready for the traditional Buddhist ceremony that marks the start of Buddhist Lent.

The 2.5 metre tall Bumblebee wax sculpture will debut at the Khao Pansa parade in Phimai on Thursday, and take part in bigger parade in Nakhon Ratchasima city from July 11-13.

What will certainly be missing in this year's wax candle parades in the province are figures of politicians, usually satirical, that were a feature of past parades. The 2nd Army Region ordered artists to avoid political themes for fear they could derail the junta's attempts to end the political division.

Last year the wax figures included politicians Abhisit Vejjajiva and Yingluck Shinawatra.

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