On 17 March, Ayutthaya will host the tenth edition of the annual World Wai Kru Muay Thai Ceremony and Miracle Muay Thai Festival, bringing to town traditional shows, real tournaments, Thai arts, and handicraft and cultural displays. Muay Thai fighters from around the world will return to Phra Nakhon to pay respect to teachers and ancestors, as well as to pay homage to the legendary Muay Thai folk heroes.
Every year, the event brings to town Muay Thai fighters from all over the world, who travel all the way to Thailand to take part to mystical ceremonies and official matches. Visiting boxers will have the chance to fight against local champions and win their title.
The main event is the Wai Kru ceremony, the most important element in Thai boxing, a sacred ritual during which the fighters pay their respect to the Muay Thai masters and the ancestors.
This celebration of the ritual is part of the Nai Khanomtom Day festivities, from 13 to 16 March at the Ayutthaya Sports Stadium. Throughout the three days, visitors will be able to see other forms of Thai martial arts, including an ancient Thai boxing fight, as well as dedicated exhibitions about Thai boxing and other Thai arts.