Sang Long Festival
- Chiang Dao March 2006
Wrongly believed to be exclusive to Mae Hong Song
Province, this colourful Thai Yai festival can be enjoyed in Chiang
to Poi Sang Long Festival Pages |
On the first morning of Poy Sang Long, the boys are lavishly made
up and dressed to look princes of a bygone era. Each are assigned
three attendants, one to carry the boy, another to carry the umbrella
shading him from the sun and the third to guard the boy princes
precious jewels – only fakes but they look very impressive.
For the next three days the boys are carried around the town escorted
by their attendants. They only touch the ground either inside a
family home or a temple. Friends and relatives are eager to greet
their princely relatives, as they believe it will bring good luck.
Poi Sang Long is a Buddhist novice ordination ceremony, but unlike
any other ceremony of its type in the country. Young boys aged between
7 and 14 are ordained as novices to learn the Buddhist doctrines.
It's believed that they will gain merit ordaining for their parents.
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