It will be a bountiful agricultural season in Thailand this year if predictions made at the annual Ploughing Ceremony are proven right.
SV PAN Procession of buglers, participants and crowd (3 shots)
GV King and Queen arrive
GV King and Queen at opening ceremony
MV PAN Women carry seeds in buckets
GV & SV Ploughing ceremony in progress (3 shots)
SV Man banging drum
SV Ceremony continues
MV ZOOM OUT TO CU King and Queen look on
GV Man throws seedling rice over ground and crowds watch (2 shots)
GV Crowd rush to ground where seeds sewn
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Background: It will be a bountiful agricultural season in Thailand this year if predictions made at the annual Ploughing Ceremony are proven right.
The Ceremony, attended by the King and Queen of Thailand, is a colourful ritual, designed to bring luck and fertility to the year's crops.
Both Buddhist and the Brahmin faiths influence the Ploughing ceremony, which dates back to the Sukhothai period in the thirteenth century. As the King and queen look on, government and religious officials plough the ground with the help of sacred oxen, and then plant rice breeder seeds.