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Poy Sang Long (thai. “Festival of jewel sons”) is one of the main Buddhist festivals celebrated by Shan (Thai Yai) community in Myanmar and Northern Thailand. Literally, it’s a novice ordination ceremony. 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.

Location: Pai, Maehongson province, Northern Thailand
Photo: Artem Zhushman

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