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    Mass ordination in Mae Hong Son

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 26/03/2015

    » The annual Poi Sang Long mass novice ordination ceremony will be performed at various temples in Mae Hong Son province until April 11. This ceremony began centuries ago due to the Tai people's strong faith in Buddhism. The Tais believed that their sons would gain great merit if ordained as Buddhist novices in this ceremony. The ceremony replicates the moment when the Lord Buddha ordained his only son Rahul as a novice, despite the his request for the throne.

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    Once in a lifetime

    Brunch, Karnjana Karnjanatawe, Published on 07/04/2019

    » The sky in Mae Hong Son was grey with haze, blanketing the province day and night. The smell from forest fires and the open-air burning of farm waste hurt the nose. The polluted air hurt the eyes. But the ongoing air crisis couldn't ruin the celebratory spirit of Ban Pha Bong community as it hosted Poi Sang Long, the annual mass novice ordination ceremony of the Tai Yai ethnic group.

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    Blame it on Justin Bieber

    Life, Published on 29/05/2019

    » A large sign warns motorists that Iceland's Fjadrargljufur canyon is closed to visitors but drivers keep on coming down the narrow gravel road. A ranger at a roadblock has to explain why no one can pass: The vulnerable landscape cannot sustain more visitors.

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    Poi Sang Long in the North

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 24/03/2016

    » From April 1-4, the "Poi Sang Long" mass novice ordination ceremony will be performed at various temples in Mae Hong Son province. Normally, this annual ceremony takes place at several temples in Mae Hong Son, but visitors are recommended to head to Muang district from April 1-4 and Pai district from April 2-4.

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    Charming and pleasant

    Life, Published on 22/03/2018

    » The appointment time is near. I am waiting for a city tour bus to explore Phangnga town.

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    Vivid colours, abundant beauty

    Life, Nianne-Lynn Hendricks, Published on 06/07/2017

    » Winston Churchill referred to Uganda as "the Pearl of Africa" in his 1908 book My African Journey, for "its magnificence, for variety of form and colour" and its "profusion of brilliant life".

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    Floral merit-making

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 06/07/2017

    » To mark Asarnha Bucha and Khao Phansa days, special activities will be held at a number of Buddhist temples in Bangkok from Saturday to Monday.

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    Pre-Thai New Year Celebrations

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 06/04/2017

    » Songkran is a centuries-old festival that marks the beginning of the traditional Thai New Year and is a joyful event in which Thais sprinkle scented water on one another.

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    Siam tulips in the Northeast

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 16/06/2016

    » Until Sept 30, dok krachiao, or the Siam tulip, is in full bloom amid the sea of mist in Pa Hin Ngam National Park, Chaiyaphum province.

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    Sermon festival in Roi Et

    Life, Pichaya Svasti, Published on 10/03/2016

    » The annual Bun Phawes (Phra Vessantara Sermon Listening) tradition will take place this weekend on an island in the middle of the Bung Phalanchai swamp in Muang district of Roi Et province. The tradition is held in the fourth lunar month every year as part of the Heet 12, Khong 14 (12 Traditions, 14 Norms) of the Northeast. Phra Vessantara was the Lord Buddha's most recent previous life, which was devoted to giving.

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