I was fascinated with Bang Fai Phaya Nark, also known as Naga Fireballs as long as I could remember, and last year I had a chance to stand at Wat Prabath Phonsanh looking out to the Mekong River, this is the Wat (Temple) that has the legend of Phraya Nark (Naga) to come up every year. I was there a month after the event, but I’m glad that I had a chance to see the Naga staircase that lead up to the temple.
Bang Fai Phraya Nark or Naga Fireballs is still scientifically unexplained, and usually happens on the first full-moon night of October coinciding with the end of Buddhist Lent. The locals believe the fireballs come from a mystical Naga or Phraya Nark living in the Mekong River who is spitting them high up in the air. Some scientist assume that the fireballs might be caused by bubbles coming up from a combustible natural gas deposit in the river bed which ignite when shooting up, and many now believe that it is just a hoax, nevertheless, the story of Bang Fai Phraya Nark or Naga Fireballs still fascinates many.
Photographs by ceejay19N
Here is a short clip of this year Naga Fireball Festival – Boat on the Mekong River.
Another short clip at Ban Nam Pe which is situated in Nongkai, Northeastern Thailand, eyewitness saw several Naga Fireballs on Monday October 5, 2009 at 20:30 and said that the coloration was orange with a magenta blush, but it’s hard to tell by watching this video. I hope someday I will get to see this event in person.