Festival is arranged every year during Thai Buddhist Lent Period
(about September or October) on days that river tide is highest.
The festival will be held by local people beside rivers from provinces
which big rivers pass by such as Phisanulok province, Phichit
province has Nan River and Ang-Thong province, Ayutthaya province,
Pathum-Thani province has Chao-Phraya River. Boats, which they
use on the festival, will be chose and made from auspicious trees
of each area's believing. They train and prepare rowing-crews
to be most fit and ready for being their agent of the festival.
Boat-Racing Festival is one of Thai traditions which has been
arranged continuously since Ayutthaya time (about 600 years ago)
for preparing and making morale, courage and strength to rowing-crews,
as every Thai men were power of the country, for a war which could
began anytime from aggression.
Long Boat-Racing Festival is one of Thai sport. There are awards,
cups from members of royal family of Chakri Dynasty or agent including
honor and reputation. So, it is a prize of victory that everyone
try to get but somehow it shows in a way of enjoyment and happiness,
not only rowing-crews but the members of the area and audiences
Long Boat-Racing Festival that is arranged every year in different
provinces, especially in Phichit province which this year is arranged
on 2-3 September
and Phitsanulok province which this year is arranged on 16-17
September, is very interesting and joyful festival of Thailand
which audiences, Thai people and visitors, can touch. Besides,
audiences also can see each beautiful decorative long boat that
be made from each local believing and idea and also can feel the
simultaneous step and intending of rowing-crews for victory of
their own locality.