When does the Yasothon Rocket Festival take place?, usually at the time of the full moon in May, the festival usually lasts for 3 days. I recommend you check on-line nearer the time of the festival to confirm the dates and duration
Where is the venue of the Yasothon Rocket Festival?, The event is held at Phaya Thaen Park, Yasothon, Northeast Thailand. Scroll down the page and view it on the map.
What is the rocket festival about ?
The Yasothon Rocket Festival is the largest and most famous rocket festival in Thailand, but similar festivals are held in towns and villages throughout Northeast Thailand. The rocket festival, also known as ‘Bun Bang Fai’ takes place at around the same time the rainy season begins. Bun Bang Fai is said to have originated in Laos, and is a centuries old tradition used to make merit and entice the rains.
Activities on the first 2 days of the festival involve dancing, music and pageantry, rocket launching usually takes place on the final day. As you will see in the video play-list, these rockets are no toys, they are serious fireworks which can be several meters in length. They are all home made from Bamboo, PVC pipes and an assortment of other materials. There is also a certain amount of pride at stake, this is not merely display and ritual, it’s competition.