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  Rocket Festival

 

Thailand

A wagon used in the Rocket Festival, as held annually in Isaan. It is decorated with nagas (fig.), as those were ordered to play in Lake Anohdaad, so that water spilled, would serve as rain. It is thought that during the dry season the nagas fell asleep, prompting the people in Isaan to launch self-made rockets into the sky, in order to awake them.

See also POSTAGE STAMPS (1) and (2).