Ploughing ceremony predicts bountiful crops

national May 09, 2014 00:00

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His Royal Highness Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn on Friday presided over the royal Ploughing Ceremony at Sanam Luang on behalf of His Majesty the King.

In this annual ceremony, the permanent secretary to the Ministry of Agriculture serves as the Lord of the Ploughing ceremony or Phraya Raekna. This year, he chose a six-kueb-long cloth, a length that predicts that water levels will be low, rice crops in lowland areas will be bountiful while highland rice crops will sustain some damage.

The sacred oxen were given grass, rice, corn, beans, sesame, liquor and water from which to choose and this year, they drank water and ate grass, indicating that there will be enough water while rice, food and fruits will be abundant.
The ceremony is held annually in May to mark the beginning of the rainy season and riceplanting season.
After the ceremony ended, the crowds scrambled for the seeds sown by the Ploughing Lord, as these are said to bring their owners wealth and good luck. The farmers will mix the seeds with their own rice to ensure a good crop in the coming year.

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