If you think the event of tossing babies in India one of the bizarre festivals in the world, Thailand has something unique to offer to the visitors as well. The Monkey Buffet Festival will be held on November 25 every year, and the fee of watching the event taking place is totally free of charge. The cultural country of Thailand has always been one of the many countries hosting numerous festivals that will stay in our memories for a long time. Monkey Buffet Festival usually take place in the North of Bangkok, in the province of Lopburi.
With around 4,000 kilograms of vegetables, fruits, candies and cakes all set down in pyramid or simply spread out on a simple mat, on the tables right in front of the temples, these food definitely attract around 3,000 monkeys living in the area. Other than the main event itself, you can also expect to watch and join other kinds of activity related to monkeys such as wearing the monkey masks, monkey costumes, young people dressing up like monkeys and enjoying the music while dancing. The best part about this festival is that you’ll get to witness monkey sculptures all around the area where the event taking place.
According to all accounts, Monkey Buffet Festival was invented by a local business man named Yongyuth Kitwattananusont who wanted to help boosting Lopburi province’s tourism back in the year 1989. Since then, thousand of visitors come to the province to witness the monkeys feeding themselves with the food provided on an annual basis. Thailand’s Tourism Authority has been sponsoring this festival and Yongyuth always attempt on outdoing himself each year. Once, he wore a monkey suit and arrived at the location via parachute.(image by Hataitip Patangpalo)
The most luckiest during this festival is definitely the monkeys. Thanks to the history, the people of Thailand also believe that monkeys will bring good fortune to them. Therefore, providing a giant feast for the monkeys will also made in their honor. As for the temples where the Monkey Buffet Festival is held, they have been around since the 10th century and they were built by Khmer dynasty. If you notice them, you will realize that the architecture of the temples resemble the Angkor Wat in Cambodia. Nowadays, these temples belong solely to the Monkey territory.
If you’re looking for a chance to witness one of the most unique cultural events in this world, we suggest for you to fly to Thailand and watch the monkeys as they stuffed their stomachs with all the fruits, vegetables and cakes. However, we’d like to think that these spoiled monkeys will not take advantage to the humans and take a second climb on anyone, asking for more food in the future.
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