More than 2,000 Javanese doves are expected to join the ASEAN Barred Ground Dove Festival, to be held at the Khwan Mueang Park in Yala from 3 to 5 March 2017. Mayor of the Yala City Municipality Pongsak Yingchonchaoen said that many dove raisers from Thailand and other ASEAN countries, such as Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore, would bring their doves to compete to make the sweetest and most melodious cooing sounds.
Apart from residents in Yala and Songkhla, those in other southern border provinces – Pattani, Narathiwat, and Satun – have also raised Javanese cooing doves. The ASEAN Barred Ground Dove Festival has been cited as a cultural event to promote relations among the people of different faiths who share a mutual interest in dove raising and other cultural activities.
The festival also aims to boost tourism, conserve local culture and traditions, promote dove farming, and stimulate the economy in the southern border provinces. During the festival, a food fair will also be held. More than 100 food shops have accepted to participate in the food fair this year.
Source: Foreign Office, The Government Public Relations