Up early, as usual, but even more so today. We’re going trekking on an exploration hike with the hiking group here in Chiang Mai. The Royal Ploughing Ceremony is an ancient royal rite held in many Asian countries to mark the traditional beginning of the rice growing season. It’s a public holiday for the higher educations like universities, but not for the kids in middle school. In the ceremony, two sacred oxen are hitched to a wooden plough and they plough a furrow in some ceremonial ground, while rice seed is sown by court Brahmins. Brahmins are the top of the four casts in the Hindu society consisting of priests, teachers and preachers. After the ploughing, the oxen are offered plates of food, including rice, corn, green beans, sesame, fresh-cut grass, water and rice whisky. Thanks to wikipedia for the background.
“The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes.”