The dates for the festival were announced at a meeting at Phuket Provincial Hall chaired by Phuket Vice Governor Amnuay Pinsuwan yesterday (Jan 23).
Present for the meeting were a host of officials involved in organising the annual celebration, including Rewat Areerob, President of the Phuket Provincial Administration Organisation (PPAO).
As is tradition, merit-making ceremonies to honour Phuket’s two famed Heroines Thao Thep Krasattri and Thao Sri Soonthorn ‒ better known locally as Chan and Mook ‒ will begin on the first Saturday of March (Mar 4) with a group ordination of novice monks at Wat Thep Wanaram (Manik Temple).
Other merit-making activities to pay tribute to the Heroines for leading locals to successfully repelling a Burmese invasion in 1785 will ensue, including ceremonies at Wat Muang Komaraphat, in Tambon Thepkrasattri, on Mar 12 for descendants of the ‘Heroes of Thalang’ to honour their ancestors.
The cultural festival’s renowned light and sound stage show retelling the victory over the Burmese marauders will begin on Mar 13, the date officially recognised as achieving victory over the incursion.
A special wreath-laying ceremony at the Heroines Monument will also be held on the day.
The annual performance will be held at Thalang Victory Field each night until Mar 15.