Ubon Ratchathani Candle Festival is an event to signify the beginning of Buddhist Lent and to show the people’s commitment to the Lord Buddha. Buddha Lent lasts for 3 months and this is when monks must stay on temple grounds to dedicate their efforts to studying, meditation and prayer. During their studies, people would offer them small candles as a form of gratitude. This has now transformed to a large festival where local people parade with giant was sculptures in the Mueang district. There are sound and light presentations, cultural shows and displays of local artisans.