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On 16–18 June, Dan Sai, Loei in North-Eastern Thailand hosted the annual three-day Buddhist celebration Bun Luang. The traditional festival celebrates the return of the Buddha-to-be, Prince Vessandorn who was presumed dead after a prolonged absence. Upon his return, the people of the village celebrated so loudly that it is said that they woke the dead who stayed and joined party. Today, the festival begins with the colourful raucous parade known as Phi Ta Khon, or Ghost Mask Festival, where locals dance and strike poses while wearing huge masks made from coconut leaves and rice husks.