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13 October 2011 :: 10:10:45 am 59054

Chonburi Kicks Off The 140 th Annual Buffalo Race

Chonburi, October 11, 2011[PDN]; The Provincial Governor of Chonburi presided at the grand opening ceremony of the 140th Buffalo Race of Chonburi province 2011. The grand opening was held in front of Chonburi City Hall and the Amphur Muang Chonburi Administrative Office.
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Buffalo racing has been a tradition that dates back several generations. The farmers from all over the province will bring their water buffaloes, decorate them and join the festival. There are contests for the healthiest buffalo and the most beautifully decorated buffalo. Also beauty pageant parades and humorously decorated buffaloes on display. The celebration is held prior to the Buddhist lent day around the time of the full moon in the 11 th lunar month.

Mr. Decho. Kongchayasukkhawat, Mayor of Chonburi said the buffalo race is a unique fair cum celebration which has been held annually for more than 100 years. The water buffalo race is held in order to provide fun-filled activities for the farmers and the audience. Also an oppurtunity for the farmers to show their gratitude to the buffaloes.

The buffalo race this year is divided into three categories; small,. medium and large. Thai local sports such as boxing and sepak takraw will also be featured. And there are booths galore selling OTOP products and Thai handicrafts. Also Thai traditional dances will be performed.

Mr. Vichit Chartpaisit, the Provincial Governor of Chonburi said, “that the purpose of the buffalo race was to provide the farmers a chance to meet and have fun. And since Chonburi had changed from an agricultural dwelling to an industrial town, we should preserve this tradition so that the new generations will be able to experience and enjoy the centuries old traditional festival. The Chonburi buffalo race is an important annual event which will also help to promote Chonburi as a tourist attraction”.

Reporter : Jirrawat   Photo : Jirrawat   Category : Community News

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