ASEAN Barred-Ground Dove (Zebra) Cooing Contest

Date: The first Saturday and Sunday of March of every year at the Khwan Mueang Park

Background : Nursing zebra doves is very popular in the lower part of the southern region. The zebra dove's coo is very pleasing to the ear and the locals believe that as an auspicious animal, it would bring fortune to its owner,especially if it possesses the right features according to the books. Some believe that the dove is the symbol of peace and purity.

Thai Moslems in the south are very fond of zebra doves. Because a large number of locals love to keep them as pets, zebra dove contests have become prevalent during many festivals. In 1986, the municipal of Muaeng Yala and the Zebra Dove Club initiated the first regional cooing zebra dove contest. It received much popularity, giving rise to zebra dove farms. The most famous zebra dove farm is in Chana District, Songkhla.

Activities : On the day of the contest, the owners of the doves register and hoist their doves (which are in cages) to the tip of assigned poles. There are two rounds, lasting ninety minutes per round. The doves will be divided into three groups : Class A (with big voices), Class B (with medium voices), Class C (with small voices), and judged in their own group. Pre-established parameters are used to judge the cooing quality. The scores will be transformed into cooing quality levels according to each group of doves.

Judges will score taking into consideration, the duration and consistency of the dove's coo, and the quality of the coos. Today, there is another category of doves those that have big, medium, and small voices. Besides the zebra dove contest, there may be a contest of the most beautiful cages and a fair of pet dove equipment.

The City Pillar Ceremony is held annually in May on the ground of the Yala Municipality Office features a model of the actual City Pillar being paraded around town. Stalls displaying goods for sale, exhibition, Government products, folk entertainment, such as Manora Dance, Nung Talung, and Hulu Li Ke, are also on hand.

Yala Product and Cultural Revival Festival is held annually on the first weekend of August, on the grounds of the Yala Municipality Office. Folk cultures from the various groups in the border provinces of the south, mainly Chinese-Thai Buddhists and Thai Muslim, are performed. There are also contests for Chi La Dance, Best Dressed Banong, Si Bu-nga Siri (a special kind of potpourri), Rong-ngeng Dance, Annacit Singing contest in Malay and Thai languages, plus folk performances from various schools in the area. Exhibition of Yalas best produce is not to be missed.

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