Poy Sang Long – a ceremony among the Shan tribe in Myanmar and in neighbouring northern Thailand. This is the kickoff for several boys between seven and fourteen years of age to participate in the monastery life for a period of time. In Thailand, where Shan immigrants have brought over the traditions from Myanmar, the ceremony goes on for three days, as the boys (dressed like princes in imitation of the Buddha, who was himself a prince before setting out on the religious path) spend the entire time being carried around on the shoulders of their older male relatives. On the third day, they are ordained. So the novices enter the monastery for a period of at least one week, and perhaps many years. Every buddhist has to attend a second period of time after the age of twenty years of age. Click here to enjoy this very special day in a boy’s life