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Royal Ploughing Ceremony May 9, 2012 : Bangkok Post

The ancient ceremony, which has been performed since the Sukhothai period over 700 years ago, was held to mark the beginning of the traditional rice planting season and boost the morale of farmers.

A Brahmin sprinkles holy water over the Sanam Luang ceremonial ground.

Royal Ploughing Ceremony Master Supachai Banpapthong sprinkles rice seeds on the field.

Two sacred white oxen choose to eat grass from seven bowls that also contain paddy, maize, sesame seeds, soy beans, water and rice whisky, leading Brahmin seers to predict an abundance of food and average supply of water in the coming year.

The rice seeds are believed to bring fortune, happiness and abundance.