Today is a big holiday in Thailand, called วันเข้าพรรษา (wan khaò phân saá (audio)), which translates as "the day of entering the rainy season". Everything (except the temples) is closed. As the holiday falls on a Sunday, businesses will be closed on Monday as well.
This is the first day of the rainy season (by the Buddhist calandar... in the Thai calandar, rainy season starts in April) and is often called "Buddhist Lent". Traditionally, this day begins a 3-month period in which the monks go into their temples, and stay inside to study. (Tradition has it that monks should not go walking during the rainy season, as it could damage crops.)
Anyway, there are big parades, and it's an opportunity for Thai people to dedicate themselves to being more devout. People go to the temple and pay respect to the monks. Candles are the traditional gift from the laiety to the monks, although lots of other things, such as flowers, fruit, noodles, rice, are given to help make it through the 3-month hibernation as well.
In 3 months from now, the celebration "wan awk phân saá" will mark the end of Buddhist Lent, and boat races and celebrations traditionally mark that date... as well as the mysterious fireballs of the naga, on the Mekhong River.
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