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Explosive Bun Bang Fai Rocket Festival in Yasothon, Thailand

Bun Bang Fai also known as the rocket festival is a traditional ceremony of the ethnic Lao people in northeast Thailand and Laos. It is celebrated near the beginning of the rainy season and it is believed that by launching bamboos rockets skyward, the rainy season will begin and will bring the necessary water to the country’s rice fields.

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Some of the biggest rockets are packed up to 120 kg of gunpowder and are balanced on a launching tower made of bamboo scaffolding.

The Bun Bang Fai Rocket festival is celebrated annually and culminates with firing into the sky the home-made rockets in a merit-making action, this being people’s way of welcoming the beginning of the rainy season.

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