Thai King presides over rice plowing ceremony

Dhaka,  Thu,  27 July 2017
Published : 12 May 2017, 19:54:28
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Thai King presides over rice plowing ceremony

Thailand’s King presided over an annual ceremony on Friday marking the start of the rice-planting season.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun sat impassive, his daughter at his side, as two oxen named “Increase” and “Abundance” plowed a furrow around a section of the royal field in front of the Grand Palace in Bangkok. An official scattered rice seeds in the oxen’s wake.

According to Thai historical accounts, the Royal Plowing Ceremony dates back around 700 years. Then as now, the success of the harvest is vital to the economy but also to the culture of the country. Thailand is one of the world’s leading producers of the crop, at around 30 million tons a year. It is also the world’s second largest exporter of rice, behind India, according to an agency.

 
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