|dokmai fai (ดอกไม้ไฟ)
Thai. ‘Fire flower’ or ‘bloom of light’. Term for pyrotechnics or fireworks, i.e.
luminous explosives fired into the dark sky, which are –as in most
places of the world– displayed at night to celebrate important or
special events, such as celebrations during the Week of the Bridge over
the River Kwae (fig.),
Wan Chaleum Phra Chonma Phansa (fig.), i.e. the Thai King's Birthday (fig.), which coincides with Father's Day in Thailand, New Year (fig.),
Loi Krathong, etc. Besides these events, there are also regular firework festivals and even competitions. In addition, many of the prominent hotels along the
Chao Phraya River in
Bangkok also organize fireworks on a regular basis as part of weddings or other celebrations held in such hotels. Fireworks are believed to be
invented by the Chinese. Also called dokmai phleung (ดอกไม้เพลิง), i.e. ‘fire flowers’.
See POSTAGE STAMPS.