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Fah Thai Magazine May June 2018

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OVERTURES NEWS AND EVENTS 1-8MAY 2018 ASIA DUA LIPA ‘THE SELF-TITLED TOUR’ British songstress Dua Lipa made quite an impact during her debut performance in Asia back in 2017. This month, the singer/model returns to enthral her fans with a solo show with major performances in several Asian cities including Hong Kong (1 May), Kuala Lumpur (3 May), Singapore (4 May), Seoul (6 May) and Tokyo (8 May). Dua Lipa’s ‘The Self-Titled Tour’ will see the artiste perform her hit singles that made her one of the most exciting and most streamed British female artist in recent history proven by her five 2018 Brit Award Nominations. Dua Lipa exploded on the scene last year with her hit song, “New Rules”, which topped the charts in the UK. Riding the wave of popularity, she followed-up with several popular singles such as “IDGAF”, “Scared to be Lonely” and “Blow Your Mind (Mwah)”. 4-8MAY 2018 LAOS & ISAAN, THAILAND ROCKETS FOR RAIN In Laos and the northeastern provinces of Thailand like Yasothon and Roi Et, no aerospace engineer is needed to make rockets fly. Spectators will gather to see the master creators of rockets, typically monks with skilled knowledge of gunpowder and a good sense of motion in space that’s more than enough to send the rockets hurling upwards to the skies. Now the much-loved rocket festival or “Boun Bang Fai” returns to the Lao paddy fields – where home-made rockets will be launched. For visitors travelling to Laos in May and June, there’s a good chance you may happen upon the festive and colourful rocket processions. The festival marks the annual growing season in Laos, as the monsoon season is expected in June. Ahead of the ploughing period, the farmers send up the rockets skywards to please and remind the God of Rain to send enough to nourish the paddy fields. Lao folks leave their routine work a few days before the launch day. Then led by local monks, who are counted on for genius rocket engineering, gunpowder gets put inside a long pipe before firing them in the empty field. The smaller rockets are fancier in the way they shoot up into the heavens while the large ones don’t even look like they’re capable of flight. The higher the rockets go, say the locals, the more rain will come down. But it’s no guarantee every rocket shoots upward as the God of Rain may have the last word., 2018 12MAY HO CHI MINH RUNNING HAPPY WITH COLOURS Think of India’s Holi festival, a 5k fun run and dance party mixed into one day for a “messy weekend” in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. La Vie Color Me Run is uncompetitive fun, and a most colourful running race. Runners start the event in white clothing, but by the end of it become a kaleidoscope of colours having run, danced and walked through different zones where they’re pelted with vivid corn starch-based powders. There will be no hard feelings of being a loser mingling in the air. The unclocked run has no winners or prizes, but runners are showered with coloured powder at stations along the way. At the ‘finish line,’ the runners become party-goers and are rewarded with a DJ-anchored dance., MID-MAY 2018 KRABI CHAO LAY BOAT FESTIVAL Lanta island in Krabi is the place where you can observe an ancient sea ritual still carried out by Urak Lawoi natives of the island. The Aboriginal Malay people of Urak Lawoi has been living in the islands of Phuket and Krabi, and for centuries they have maintained their lives circling around the seas with open ocean fishing. It is not then a surprise that they would carry on colourful rites and celebrations at the beginning of each year’s fishing season. Loi Ruea (Floating Boats) festival takes place twice a year during the 13th to 15th day after the full moon of the sixth month or middle of May this year. In this elaborate event where visitors can witness heavily decorated fishing boats — real ones and models — that fishermen make especially for this celebration meant to ward off all the bad spirits that might affect their fishing efforts and work throughout the year. These ‘floating boats’ can also be seen as a smart solution for fishermen to test the conditions of the waters. The event brings back family members that might have moved further out and here they’ll gather, even for a few days during the celebration, as a way to catch up and strengthen rare clan ties. Tourism Authority of Thailand, Krabi, T: +66 (0) 89 201 7985, 26-27 MAY 2018 & 2-3 JUN 2018 SINGAPORE WATER DRAGONS The sport of Dragon Boat racing dates back to ancient China. Today, it is a sporting race widely practised in Asia and renowned for instilling teamwork, dedication and team coordination. Singapore, in owing to its large Chinese community, will once again celebrate this grand sport with the Dragon Boat Festival, which takes place at several venues across the island nation. Bedok Reservoir and Kallang River will host several races in May and June but most eyes will be fixed on DBS Marina Regatta. Held against the backdrop of the Gardens by the Bay, the DBS Marina Regatta, which is backed by the Singapore Dragon Boat Association (SDBA), will serve up a carnivallike atmosphere as teams take to the water to compete for honour and glory. Marina Bay, Singapore, 1-7JUN 2018 CHIANG MAI INTAKHIN CITY PILLAR FESTIVAL Inthakin is a Chiang Mai city pillar believed to be first erected by King Mangrai when the city was founded in 1296. The sacred pillar was moved from its original place at Wat Inthakin to Wat Chedi Luang in Chiang Mai’s city centre in the 1800s. Each year, Chiang Mai celebrates the incoming rainy season by worshipping this sacred monument. After a period of droughts and dry spells, locals welcome the lusher climes with colourful celebrations and major merit-making at the temple. Wishes for a good year ahead abound as the rains approach, meaning a bountiful rice crop and healthy harvest. The best spot to witness this long-time tradition is at Wat Chedi Luang where hundreds of people will attend the event either in a formal procession or as families and individuals. This Brahman tradition usually last seven days beginning with ‘Tam Bun Khan Dok’ or flower-blessing rituals to be followed by dancing, music performance, carnival games and street fairs. Wat Chedi Luang, Amphur Muang, Chiang Mai, Tourist Hotline 1672, 16 17