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The time of year is here for the PoySangLong festival. Held in Burma and by Shan communities in Thailand it involves the ordination of young boys as novice monks in the Theravada Buddhist tradition. They are dressed as princes to copy Siddhartha's son who became the first novice monk, and carried around everywhere, whether out on procession or just going to the toilet. The family will stay at the temple for three days and on the final day he will ordain into the orange robes and stay in the temple for as little as a week to as long as he wants. Several times a day they all dress up and are carried in procession around the temple three times, amid much shouting and music and relatives carry offerings and robes etc. with others on the side throwing popped-rice.

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