( PR4US.com | Press Release | 2017-05-21 09:41:23 )
The Royal Ploughing Ceremony Day has the common name of the ceremony is Raek Na Khwan. Which literally means the "auspicious beginning of the rice growing season". It is actually two ceremonies in one.
The first, the Phra Ratchaphiti Pheutcha Mongkhon is a Buddhist ceremony to bless the plants. Which literally means "prosperity for plantation".
The second, the Charot Phra Nangkhan Kan is ceremony is of Hindu origin and brahmin ceremony to bless the plants
King Mongkut combined both the Buddhist and Hindu ceremonies into a single royal ceremony called Phra Ratcha Phithi Phuetcha Mongkhon Charot Phra Nangkhan Raek Na Khwan. The Buddhist part is conducted in the Grand Palace first and is followed by the Hindu part held at Sanam Luang, Bangkok.
At present, the day on which Phra Ratcha Phithi Phuetcha Mongkhon Charot Phra Nangkhan Raek Na Khwan is held is called Phuetcha Mongkhon Day. It has been a public holiday since 1957
. The ceremonies are carried out each year on Sanam Luang in Bangkok to bring good fortune to all plants and to boost morale.
This year it takes place on Friday May 11, 2017 on Sanam Luang in front of the Grand Palace in Bangkok. The ceremony will be from 8:19am to 8:49 am. Members of the public can watch but as the King will be attending, there will be some restrictions.
King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun presided over this important annual farming ceremony.
Teerapat Prayoonthith Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, performed as Phraya Raek Na or the Lord of the Ploughing Ceremony.
Phraya Raek Na led two sacred oxen, Pha Ko Perm and Pha Ko Pool, to plough a furrow in the ceremonial ground.
Four consecrated ladies in the procession carrying gold and silver baskets filled with rice seeds scattered them into the newly ploughed furrow. Walking alongside the plough were official Brahmans from the Royal Court who chanted and blew conch shells.
The sacred oxen were offered seven bowls containing grass, paddy, maize, sesame seeds, soy bean, water and liquor.
The oxen ate maize and grass. The Brahmin seers predicted a good harvest, an abundance of food and plentiful water.
Phraya Raek Na was offered three pieces of folded cloth, each of a different length. The one he selected proved to be four kuebs long (four handspans, about one metre).
Based on his selection, water will be plentiful, crops on higher ground will yield good harvests and those in low-lying areas will be slightly damaged.
The ceremony has been performed in Thailand since the Sukhothai period, some 700 years ago, and is closely watched by farmers across the country.