The premise of the day was a celebration of the boys transition into monkhood. Apparently this is a HUGE deal. The festival goes on for a few days (I think). Imagine a carnival with booths set up all around. Now take out the rides, but keep the loudness. Add drums and cymbals.... lots of them, and a sound system, like all Thai events. Each of the booths is dedicated to a child. The child is seemingly on display (I'm not real sure about the purpose of them in the booths). Most of what happened I am not certain of!
While we were there a parade began. All the boys were in costume and were carried on the shoulders of older men. They boys were not allowed to touch the ground so note their clean socks and feet in some of the pictures. They were all dancing and having a wonderful time.
|Drinks and balloons for sale. The long black thing is a drum that they carried around and played.|
|Notice the boys clean feet and socks!|
|Dancing in circles before the parade|
|They turned just at the right time to make it look like they posed for the picture... I mean they posed for me!|
|The guy called Moe over to join in carrying. He wanted me to come too but I had to take the picture :)|
|I am quite certain all the boys were wearing makeup. Apparently the makeup is to make them look like princes.|
|The beginning of the parade around the temple|
|This space was full of families celebrating.|
After writing this a friend sent me this link with more information. Much of what is written makes so much sense! Apparently it is called the Poy Sang Long Festival.