|Rocket Launching in Ban That, Amphur Pen|
I have been getting a start several times a day the past week. The television keeps running announcement for the upcoming Labour Day weekend. Have I been in a coma and only now coming out of it have lost 4 months of my life? Like Rip Van Winkle have I been sleeping for 4 months as the world continued to progress? Nope ... the key is in the spelling of Labour Day. In the USA, Labor Day is celebrated in early September. However in much of the remainder of the world, May 1 is celebrated as "Labour Day"
|Launch Row at Ban That|
May 1st is a holiday here in Isaan, and forget about vestiges of Communist glories or glorification of the "Workers". May 1 marks the start of the Bun Bang Fei season here and across the mighty Mekong River in Lao People's Democratic Republic.
Throughout the countryside many homemade gunpowder rockets will be launched into the sky.
In some areas, Yasothon specifically, there are grand festivals associated with the rockets, -internationally recognized and attended by many foreigners. In many small villages, the rocket launching is more parochial and an opportunity for the local people to enjoy themselves, and perhaps even earn some extra cash before the busy days of rice planting.
Just as the mighty powers parade their rockets, the people of Isaan parade their rockets and facsimiles of their rockets or mightier rockets. Some rockets are actually finished at the launching site. Many of the rockets are first brought to the local Wat to be blessed prior to launching.
|Multiple Launchings In Ban That|
May 1 is also the day of the day of the Korb Siarn Khru Ceremony in Tahsang Village which commences at 9:00 A.M. Duang is not certain that we can do both, but I am optimistic and definitely willing to try.
My brother-in-law will be performing a morlam show out at the Ban Tat Bun Bang Fei on the 3rd of May so we will spending the full day out there.
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
I shot an arrow into the air,
It fell to earth, I knew not where; ...
Here in Isaan it is more like ...
They shot many rockets into the air.
They fell to earth, they knew not where nor did they seem to care ..
|As the Saying Says - "Close only counts in hand grenades and horseshoes"|
|Monks Enjoying Rocket Launches At Ban Tat|