The Royal Ploughing Ceremony, an annual event in Thailand that is held to pray for good weather and a bountiful harvest, was held on May 16, 2023 at Sanam Luang in Bangkok.
During the ceremony, nine white oxen were used to plow nine furrows of land. The results of the plowing are interpreted by astrologers to predict the coming year’s weather and harvest.
This year, the astrologers predicted that there will be sufficient water, abundant crops, and a prosperous economy. The prediction was based on the behavior of the oxen during the plowing. The oxen were said to have plowed the land well and with enthusiasm, which is a sign of good things to come.
The Royal Ploughing Ceremony is a significant event in Thailand and is attended by the royal family, government officials, and members of the public. The ceremony is a way for the Thai people to express their gratitude to the gods for the blessings of the past year and to pray for a good harvest in the coming year.
The prediction of abundant water, food, and a prosperous economy is welcome news for Thailand, which is still recovering from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The good weather and bountiful harvest will help to boost the economy and improve the lives of all Thai people.
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Akanksha Singh is an Indian journalist based in the bustling city of Bangkok, Thailand. With a degree in Mass Communication and years of experience, she has become a trusted voice in reporting on Southeast Asian affairs.