This Ceremony is a Buddhist novice ordination ceremony. Boys between 7 and 14 study the Buddhist doctrine which will in turn give them merit - the origins of the festival lie in Buddhist legend.
The ceremony is a wonderful spectacle of colours and youth - it lasts for a period of 4 days 31 March until the 3rd of April.
Specific information regarding the planning can be found on the TAT website.
This text is an from the TAT:“Rup Sang Long Day”, the first day of the ceremony – 31 March 2009
The first day of the ceremony day begins with the boys having their hair shaved off by parents and relatives. They are then bathed and anointed with consecrated waters and dressed in brightly coloured costumes. By the end of this process, the boys are now known as Sang Long or Luuk Kaew – precious gems.
“Kham Kaek Day”, the second day – 1 April 2009. “Kham Kaek Day” falls on Wednesday, 1 April 2009. On this day, relatives, friends and guests stop by the house of the Sang Long host family in order to congratulate the family and present alms.
“Hae Krua Lu Day”, the third day – 2 April 2009. On the third day, “Hae Krua Lu Day”, the grand colourful procession is held in the morning. Well-attended by family members and individuals of importance in Mae Hong Son’s Shan community, the procession of the Sang Long features handmade floats, offerings for the temple, traditional dances. The procession starts out from Chong Kham and Chong Klang Temple in the heart of the city before it moves along the main streets of town and out to the temples.“Kham Sang Day”, the fourth day – 2 April 2009
The procession once again proceeds through the town and the Sang Long are escorted to Chong Kham and Chong Klang Temple for the formal ordination ceremony.