Mae Ya Nang Homage begins
Today, December 12, is a special day for Thailand, with the historical royal barge procession taking place on the Chao Phraya river. At 6.55 am, Admiral Luechai Ruddit, Commander in Chief of the Royal Thai Navy, presided over the ceremony to pay homage to Mae Ya Nang at the Thonburi navy dockyard where all the barges are moored.
The goddess Mae Ya Nang, who is the guardian of boats, has been respected since ancient times in accordance with the Thai belief that every tree has a guardian. Once a tree is cut and transformed into a boat, its guardian does not leave but instead stays on and protects the boat.