The Thai Thepkasattri-Thao Sri Suntorn Festival, is a major 2 week festival in Phuket. The festival covers culture, history and sporting events.
The festival is held to honour the memory of 2 herioic sisters, Thaop Thep Krasatri and Thai Sri Suntorn. The sisters rallied the people of Phuket to defend Phuket from Burmese troops. Celebrations take place around the, "Two Heroines Monument".
This year the festival falls on 13 - 14 March 2011
The Sporting Events
The sporting events cover bicycle racing, takraw (volleyball played only with the fett, tug-o-war and a mini marathon. There will also be a Thai Boxing, "Wai Kri Ceremony". This is a demonstration of Thai boxer's respect and gratitude to their teacher.
If you are interested in Thai culture and would like to experience as much as possible, there are events for you. There will be a chance to observe a, "Upasampada". This is a Buddhist Ordination Ceremony. "Upasampada", means "approaching or nearing the ascetic tradition."
This is the process of a novice taking the rites of ordination to undertake a buddhist monastic life. The Buddhist monastic code states that a person must be 20 years of age to become a monk (bhikkhu).
There will also be a sword dancing show, a shadow puppet show and singing of traditional Thai lullabies.
The festival will also have a variety of Thai cuisine for you to enjoy. OTOP style products will be on sale, items such as batik, silk, wooden decorative items and much more.
Highlight of The Thai Thepkasattri-Thao Sri Suntorn Festival
The highlight of the festival is a spectacular show about the history of Phuket. The show tells the story of Thao Thep Krasatri and Thai Sri Suntorn, their leadership and their bravery. The open air play uses 700 actors and runs for a number of nights - beginning at 7pm.
The cultural show caters for a Thai audience. However, tourists are more than welcome to attend the show. You may benefit from having a translator to help you to understand what is going on. This is a must if you would like to immerse yourself in Thai culture and history.
Hire A Local Tour Guides For The Thai Thepkasattri-Thao Sri Suntorn Festival (13 - 14 March 2011)
If you would like for a local tour guide to accompany you throughout your visit to the festival - we can arrange it for you. You will particularly benefit from your guide, who can help you to view the festival through a local eyes. Your tour guide can explain the different ceremonies taking place and also translate the historical show.
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