Hilltribe Cultures

EN: Poi Sang Long Buddhist Ceremony


Poi Sang Long ceremony in Pai, Mae Hong Son is a Buddhist novice ordination ceremony, but unlike any other ceremony of its type in the country.

Young boys aged between 7 and 14 are ordained as novices to learn the Buddhist doctrines. It’s believed that they will gain merit ordaining for their parents.

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Poi Sang Long Buddhist Ceremony in Pai

The origins of this festival lie in Buddhist legend. It is believed that the tradition is probably following in the footsteps of Prince Rahula, the Buddha’s own son, who gave up his worldly life to follow his father’s spiritual

teachings. Prince Rahula became the youngest ordained monk and the first novice in Buddhism. Subsequently it became a tradition that young boys should ordain to learn Buddhist teachings. With such high reverence to the Buddhist religion, the people here consider that the celebrations should be as grand as possible.

This colorful festival is one of the most delightful in Pai,Mae Hong Son, attracting people from far and wide. The local authorities and the Tourism Authority of Thailand consider this festival to be unique to Pai,Mae Hong Son province.

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Poi Sang Long Buddhist Ceremony in Pai

Mae Hong Son Tourism Coordination Center (TAT.) cordially invites all tourists to take part Poi Sang Long ceremony during 27 March – 5 April 2011 at Pai, Mae Hong Son or at other places and enjoy the charm of Pai, Mae Hong Son City.

For more  information please contact at 053-612982 or at www.travelmaehongson.org

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(Vanisha Vorakuldamrong) is the Publisher of the Pai Explorer Map & Blog and Managing Director of Live in Pai Property & Lifestyle. An active member of the Pai Tourism Club, she works diligently to expand Pai's touristic appeal in a positive, sustainable way.