Celebrate the Royal Ploughing Ceremony in Bangkok - AsiaRooms.com
April 09, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel NewsAsiaRooms.com can announce that people who have booked hotels in Bangkok next month may want to watch the Royal Ploughing Ceremony.
The annual event takes place to mark the beginning of the rice growing season, with officials carrying out the ritual to predict the abundance of the following year's crop.
Part of the ceremony involves estimating the level of rainfall expected during the season. This involves the Ploughing Lord selecting one of three pieces of cloth, which are each of varying lengths.
The longest indicates lots of rain, while the shortest signifies the lowest volume of rain.
For anyone visiting Thailand, it is a good opportunity to experience some of the country's cultural heritage.
Sacred oxen are led around Sanam Luang Park by people wearing ceremonial dress, which is an interesting sight for any tourists staying in hotels in Siam Square.
There is no charge to watch the ritual being performed and the park itself is easy to reach as it is located opposite the Royal Palace.
Dating back centuries, the ceremony is carried out at roughly the same time each year, although there is no fixed date associated with it.
In 1966, the event was also designated the annual agriculturalists' day.