Samui festivals: Buffalo Fighting Festival
Koh Samui Culture | Festivals of Samui Island
Koh Samui Island is an island situated off the coast of Thailand that is very famous as the perfect holiday destination. There are many beaches to relax and enjoy the sun on, shopping to do, activities to take part in, a wonderful nightlife and in addition to all this, numerous festivals that keep you entertained while in Samui Island. The Buffalo Fighting Festival is one of the more well-known of those.
The Buffalo Fighting Festival is a famous festival of Samui
One of these many festivals of Samui Island is the Buffalo Fighting Festival. This is a popular event that takes place on special occasions like New Year's Day in January and on Songkran of mid-April. The highlight of Buffalo Fighting festival is head wrestling bouts that take place between two male water buffalos.
During the Buffalo Fighting Festival, buffaloes are pitted against each other. This is unlike the bulls in Spanish bullfights that get killed while fighting against men with swords. This is why the Buffalo Fighting Festival of Samui Island is a much more harmless contest; where the season varies according to ancient customs and ceremonies.
Buffalo Fighting Festival is held across Samui Island in different stadiums
This Buffalo Fighting Festival is held in different venues across Samui Island in places like the stadiums at Ban Saket, Ban Makham and outside Nathon town. You will find many banners advertising this festival well in advance, all over Samui Island. On the Buffalo Fighting Festival day, the bulls are decorated using colorful ribbons and gold painted leaves on their horns.
The bout in the Buffalo Fighting Festival of Samui Island consists of two rounds where one is held in the morning and the other, in the evening. This is when the buffalos of Samui Island lock horns with each other amidst cheering from the crowd until the submission of the weaker one. It is the first buffalo that turns and runs away that is the loser. The winner buffalo of the Buffalo Fighting Festival then becomes worth several million baht.
The Buffalo Fighting Festival is a popular sport of Samui Island
Till today, the Buffalo Fighting Festival of Samui Island is a popular sport amongst the locals of the island. So if you visit Samui Island at the right time, you just might be lucky enough to watch the thrilling encounter of the Buffalo Fighting Festival of Samui Island.
Last Updated: 05 Mar 2008