- Witness Si Satchanalai Ordination Procession in Thailand this April

March 11, 2012 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News
Travellers to Thailand this April will be able to witness a unique traditional event when the Si Satchanalai Ordination Procession takes place in Sukhothai province.
To be held in the Si Satchanalai district on April 7th and 8th 2012, the event has a history dating back 150 years and involves 20 to 30 young Buddhist novices riding through the streets on the back of majestic elephants.
A colourful and spectacular sight, the procession sees both the elephants and their riders bedecked in elaborate costumes as they travel to Wat Haat Siao temple to take part in a mass ordination ceremony.
Upon reaching Wat Haat Siao, the local village elder - or Pho Thao - helps the novices down from their mounts and leads them in respectful worship.
The procession gives tourists an authentic look at the prevailing traditions of the Tai Puan tribal people, who settled in Ban Haat Siao village in Si Satchanalai many years ago.
Whilst there, visitors will also have a chance to explore the nearby Si Satchanalai Historical Park, where the ruins of an ancient city can be investigated. offers a varied selection of Thailand hotels to cultural tourists, such as the Sukhothai Heritage Resort.
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