Boon Sard Duen Sib Festival, Nakornsritammarat
Nakorn Si Thammarat is a city with a long history. The archaeological evidence proves the existence of communities from pre-history. The periods of civilization is reflected in arts, sculpture, architecture, local wisdom, as well as tradition. These have become the country’s heritage to be carried on from generation to generation. Read more
Ban Khiri-wong is an ancient community located in the midst of mountain ranges and rivers. The locals lead their life humbly in a clan society and follow the philosophy of sustainable development. Surrounded by rich and beautiful natural resources, including mountains, waterfalls, flora and fauna, the villagers earn a living mainly from plantations known as Suan Som-rom that grow fruits, such as mangosteen, rambutan, durian and parkia. Read more
Wat Pra Barommataat is a much revered and loved temple originating in the kingdom of Sri Vichai and Taam Pornlink where the Jatukam Ramtep originated. Pay respects to the Lanka-style chedi with surrounding elephants held the most sacred by southern people and the huge image hall built in the rare Mook Prajerd style. Read more
The fascinating chedi at Muang Korn If you have an opportunity to come worship this chedi once in your life, success will come to you in every aspect. Nakorn Sritummarat has both Buddism and Bramanism influences both religions are compatible at Wat Pramahatad Woramahaviharn. Read more
The shrine in Nakhon Si Thammarat houses the city pillar to promote the province’s prosperity according to traditional customs. It was inspired by the Srivijaya architectural style. The columns are made of valuable Ta Kien Thong wood (Malabar ironwood) from Nopphitam district. The faces of Jatukam Ramathep – the tutelary deity of the city – are engraved at the top. Read more
Festival of the south for people to show their gratitude to their ancestors
The tenth month of each year is an important one for the people of the south of Thailand. There is a big religious ceremony of showing gratitude to the ancestors called Boon Sard Duen Sib (religious ceremony of the tenth month).
This ceremony is held from the belief that the ancestors will come back and visit their descendants during this month. Therefore, the family will show their gratitude by preparing food and utensils to offer to the monks in order to share the good deeds to their ancestors.
There are also some fun activities. On the last day, there is a ceremony called “Ching Pred”. The monks will put all the food and utensils offered by the villagers at a pavilion called “Sala Pred” for the ancestors to come and collect. After that, all the villagers will try to snatch the leftover food and share with each other. It is believed that whoever eats the leftover food from their ancestors will receive a large blessing.
There are five kinds of sweets that all the families offer to the monks. They can be bought at the local temples and markets.
Nakornsrittammarat has the biggest religious ceremony in Thailand. Every temple has both day and night activities including shows for the villagers and tourists to see. What is more, there are many local foods for tourists to try.