Giant World Cup trophy for Korat wat

NAKHON RATCHASIMA - A giant copy of the World Cup trophy, along with figures of footballers up to 2.5 metres tall, all crafted from wax, will be moved to a temple in Korat for the duration of Buddhist Lent.

The  trophy and the football figures are among the many displays crafted by wax masters for the Buddhist Lent  giant candle procession through Nakhon Ratchasima city on Saturday.

One temple, Wat Nong Bua Rong in Muang district, has made candles to fit with the World Cup 2014 frenzy in Thailand. The World Cup final is scheduled on July 12 in Brazil, the same day as Buddhist Lent begins, Khao Phansa, in Thailand.

The highlight of the procession is the World Cup trophy, which is made from golden wax with two green lines at the base, matching the Fifa World Cup. 

After the parade it will be moved back to the temple, where it will stay for the duration of Buddhist Lent.

The three footballers epicted are the players the makers expected would be the best scorers of the tournament -- Lionel Messi from Argentina, Thomas Muller from Germany and Neymar from Brazil. However Neymar has since been ruled out because of a back injury suffered in a match against Colombia.

The figures also include the official mascot of the 2014 World Cup, Fuleco the Armadillo, and the SWAT cat mascot of Nakhon Ratchasima Football Club.

The candle parade in Nakhon Ratchasima is one of a biggest religious events in Thailand and is supported by the Tourism Authority of Thailand. At least 60 temples and communities are expected to enter wax sculptures in the procession this year. 

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