Actually ,the ceremony to mark the beginning of the official rice planting season in Thailand. Let’s begin!
1. ข้าว: Rice
ข้าวเป็นอาหารหลักของคนไทย: Rice is the stable food for Thai.
2. สนามหลวง: Sanam Luang
Okay, English and Thai are the same, but I mean, those who have been in Thailand, maybe you have known this place. It’s actually a place; it’s an open field. A Public square in front of the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew. So, many royal ceremonies have been taking place there. I mean, if you have a chance to go to Thailand, just try to visit the place. It’s pretty nice.
พระราชพิธีพืชมงคลจัดขึ้นที่ท้องสนามหลวง : The Royal Ploughing Ceremony is held annually at Sanam Luang.
3. ไถนา : Plough a field
ชาวนาใช้กระบือไถนา : A farmer uses a water buffalo to plough a field.
4. กระบือ :Water Buffalo
กระบือมีขนาดใหญ่กว่าโค:Water buffalos are bigger in size than bulls.
You know that in Thailand, we use water buffalos to plough a field, but why during the ploughing ceremony, why do we use a bull instead of a water buffalo?
Right now, it happened that this Royal Ploughing Ceremony is from Hindu, like religion, that Hindu. So in Hindu, they believe that cows or bulls are sacred animals. That’s why we choose to use bulls instead of water buffalo.
5. โหรหลวง :Royal fortune teller
ในปีที่จะถึง โหรหลวงทำนายว่า จะมีฝนตกมาก : In the coming year, the royal fortune teller forecasts that there will be a high amount of rain fall.
– – – History of Royal Ploughing Ceremony – – –
The Royal Ploughing Ceremony is an ancient tradition observed in Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand to mark the traditional beginning of the rice growing season.
The tradition has Hindu and Buddhist origins and is intended to honour farmers and bless the plants and ceremonial start to the new growing season.
There are 16 million rice workers in Thailand and Thailand is the second largest exporter of rice in the world, underlining the importance of a good rice growing season to the country’s economy.
How is Royal Ploughing Ceremony observed?
The Royal Ploughing Ceremony is held at Bangkok’s Sanam Luang, an open field and public square in front of Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace.
Moreover don’t forget , government offices will be closed. Banks will be open and the sale of alcohol is permitted. Post offices will close on a half-day.
OK , see you next holiday…:
#Nattakarn – Kru-Karn TCiAP (Editor)