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Weekend Reads Thailand: the tradition of buffalo races continues despite anti-coronavirus restrictions

15:45  01 october  2020
15:45  01 october  2020 Source:   pressfrom.com

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Les paysans de la région de Bangkok ont maintenu la tradition des courses de buffles pour marquer le début des plantations de riz, le 1er octobre 2020 © Mladen ANTONOV Farmers in the Bangkok region have maintained the tradition of buffalo races to mark the start of rice plantations on October 1 2020

The traditional buffalo races that take place each year in Thailand continued on Thursday despite the anti-corobavirus restrictions that deprived this event of the many tourists who usually attended.

Les animaux sont abondémment décorés lors des traditionnelles courses de buffles en Thaïlande © Mladen ANTONOV The animals are abundantly decorated during the traditional buffalo races in Thailand

The buffalo was used as a draft animal on all the farms in the country until it was replaced by tractors and agricultural machinery. only a few decades ago.

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But the peasants of the province of Chonburi near Bangkok have kept the tradition of buffalo races to mark the start of the rice planting season.

The buffaloes hurtle down the 100 meters of track, their jockeys perched on their backs dismounting as soon as the finish line is crossed.

The competitors usually paddle in the mud but this year the track was dry after a period of heatwave and firefighters were ready to spray the animals to cool them down.

The highlight of the festivities this year was a "beauty contest" to designate the most magnificent buflle.

"They were so well decorated and flowery that it was difficult to guess they were buffaloes," expatriate Briton Robert Owen told AFP.

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