The annual Rub Bua Festival, meaning ‘ritual of receiving lotus flowers’, is a one-of-a-kind ancient Buddhist tradition celebrated in Bang Phli District of Samut Prakan province. This year it will take place on Wednesday 4th October 2017. The parade will take place on Samrong Canal starting at about 7:30 am from Wat Bang Phli Yai Nai. It’s advisable to go early to find a good spot. Click here for a map.
The Rub Bua tradition has passed down through generations as a way of showing generosity to newcomers while preserving a local way of life along the river. It takes place annually on the day before the waxing moon on the 11th month of the lunar calendar, which this year falls on 5th October. So on 4 October, 2017, there will be a magnificent barge procession with a replica of Luang Phor Toh statue, which is highly-revered by those in Samut Prakan.
Visitors can join the local people in throwing lotus flowers into the vessel carrying the Buddhist image as it moves along a canal as a sign of respect, believing that if their lotus flowers lands on the revered image their wish will come true.