Royal Ploughing Ceremony

Growing rice in Thailand

Royal Ploughing Ceremony

The Royal Ploughing Ceremony or simply Farmer’s Day (Wan Phuet Mongkhon) as the festival commonly know is a government holiday in Thailand.

The date for the holiday is determined by astrological observations and announced by the Bureau of the Royal Household.

Officially the Royal Ploughing Ceremony Day is known as Wan Phra Ratcha Phithi Phuet Monkhon Lae Charot Phra Nangkhan Raek Na Khwan.

History of Royal Ploughing Ceremony

The Royal Ploughing Ceremony marks the traditional start of the rice growing season and is an ancient tradition with Hindu and Buddhist origins observed in Cambodia, Myanmar and Thailand

The tradition is to honour farmers and bless the plants and ceremonial start to the new rice growing season.

The Royal Ploughing Ceremony highlights the importance of a good rice growing season to the country’s economy with Thailand being the second largest exporter of rice in the world providing employment for over 16 million rice workers.

As the the Royal Ploughing Ceremony takes place in Bangkok, at Sanam Luang, an open field and public square in front of Wat Phra Kaew and the Grand Palace there is little evidence of the festival in Khao Lak.

It is worth noting that government offices will be closed all day, though banks will be open and the sale of alcohol is permitted. The local post office will close on a half-day.

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