Farmers pray to pig heads for higher prices

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Hundreds of Chonburi farmers prayed to 1,198 pig heads in hopes of having a better year.
Hundreds of Chonburi farmers prayed to 1,198 pig heads in hopes of having a better year.

The Swine Raisers Association of Thailand held the world’s largest ever pig heads prayer ceremony, using close to 5,000 pig heads to promote Thailand as the Kitchen of the World.

The ceremony on May 9 was held concurrently in six provinces with a total 4,247 pig heads used. In Ratchaburi 1,189 heads were incorporated into a prayer ceremony, in Chonburi 1,198, in Songkhla 559, in Nakhon Ratchasima 402, in Lamphun 499 and in Saraburi 400. The nationwide proceedings were to bring good merit to swine breeders following a fall in the price of pork, as well as to underline Thailand’s production of high quality, export ready pork.

After the prayer sessions Sonthaya Kunplome and Surachai Suthitham prepared the pig heads for distribution.
After the prayer sessions Sonthaya Kunplome and Surachai Suthitham prepared the pig heads for distribution.

In the central region, the ceremony was held in Sara­buri with Deputy Governor of the province, Kriatisak Trong­siri, chairing the proceedings.

In the east, farmers gathered in Chonburi at its provincial hall ceremony with the head of the association, Surachai Suthitham, Gov. Pakarathorn Thienchai and Advisor to the Prime Minister Sonthaya Kunplome present.

After the ceremonies, the pig heads were distributed to attendees and government agencies.

The past year was not a kind one for pig farmers, who saw the price of pork plummet, forcing about 20 percent of the association’s membership into bankruptcy.

Farmers prayed for prosperity and higher prices in the coming year.

Representatives from the Guinness Book of World Records were invited to witness the ceremonies to judge whether Thailand had held the largest pigs head prayer ceremony in the world.