posted on Oct, 19 2013 @ 02:05 AM
this month’s full moon is celebrated in various parts of the world for various reasons.
in Nong Khai, Thailalnd, a festival is dedicated to celebrate a very mysterious, unusual and rare event, Thailand’s most curious natural phenomena.
the festival is called Bang Fai Phaya Nak or Naga Fireball Festival.
Mekong ‘fireballs’ rise from the bottom of the Mekong river and while they ascend toward the sky they emanate a pinkish color. they appear just
after dusk and are visible only for a short while, a few seconds and only on full moon of the 11th Buddhist Lunar Month of a year and only over a
stretch of this river around Nong Khai.
the luminous bubbles are also called ‘Naga Fireballs’, named after the mysterious Mekong River Naga ‘Phaya Nak’ who lives beneath the waves.
Thai people hold nagas sacred and they are worshipped and artistically displayed on temple walls and paintings to honor the importance of water to
nobody so far knows the secret of this extraordinary ‘miracle’. locals have absolutely no doubts however that it is the naga, very much alive
under the river, who fires the balls up into the sky “to remind villagers to treat this life-giving river with respect”.
There are many theories of what the scientific cause of these fireballs could be and researchers tried to create this effect but with no success nor
of course it all could be a hoax………. “but most believe it is better not to know and would rather enjoy the festivities of the night
whatever the cause might be, I already can hear the shots coming from the Laos side of the river and it is not even dark yet !