The Mon people in Lop Buri province will hold their annual cultural fair, "Tiea Reaum Jeae Peng Fah” (Sitting and eating in a circle in Mon style), on 25-26 February 2017, in remembrance of the Mon ancestors and to exchange their culture with others. The event includes a tribute exhibition for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, "Under the Eminence of King Rama IX.”
This event, the 10th Tiea Reaum Jeae Peng Fah Fair, is also the 70th commemoration honoring the Mon ancestors; it will be held at Wat Aum Pha Wan, Bang Kan Maak, Lop Buri, from 12:00 p.m. onwards. Along with the above-mentioned exhibition, "Under the Eminence of King Rama IX,” there will be a special presentation, "Queen Camadevi: From Lavo to Hariphunchai,” by an expert on Hariphunchai education from Chiang Mai University, and a merit-making ceremony in remembrance of the late King and the Mon kings and ancestors. In the evening, "Tiea Reaum Jeae Peng Fah,” a tradition of sitting and eating in a circle, will take place, to exchange culture with ethnic networks – such as the Lao Krang, Lao Ngaew, Lao Luang, Karen, and Shan – in performances consisting of Mon music and dancing from various areas across the country, and Mon traditional food.
On 26 February will be the ancestor memorial ceremony, which more than 3,000 Thai-Mon people are expected to join. In addition, there will be a ceremony to hand over the symbolic flag to the host of the 71st fair, as well as a special presentation titled "Mon People in King Narai’s Era” by a professor from Mahidol University.
Because Tambon Bang Kan Maak is located on low land and near the river, many Mon people immigrated and settled down here in the past. Nowadays, there are eight Mon villages, with over 1,800 people, in the vicinity, which makes it one of the biggest Mon residential areas in Thailand.