“It is often best to know the forecast, before praying for rain”
There is a ritual that is quite obviously borne of a simpler time, before irrigation and television, when people instinctively understood their symbiotic relationship with nature. In the northeast of Thailand, rainfall is often late, sporadic, and of insufficient quantity. In a country where agriculture and farming sustains the livelihood of more than 70% of the population, and the May skies fail to darken with clouds, farmers begin to seek divine intervention to ensure a plentiful and bountiful harvest. During the second week of May, the North-eastern Thai people celebrate the Bun Bang Fai Festival, otherwise known as the Rocket Festival, popularly observed in the province of Yasothon by the Isan people. The immigrated Isan people of Koh Samui celebrate this festival with great enthusiasm in support of their northern families. Born from the traditional beliefs of the Isan people, the sprightly Bun Bang Fai Rocket Festival, the most celebrated of Isan’s merit-making rituals, has been strictly observed by the Isan people for generations, and is essentially an annual ritual to ensure that the seasonal rains fall at the appropriate time during the planting cycle. From your paradise holiday villa you will without doubt see the Samui skies lit with festive colours from the rockets intended for the gods. Join in the fun and wake the sleeping deities with a few fireworks of your own!