This Thai town hosts a special feast for monkeys every year

The festival provides food and drinks to the local monkey population, which numbers more than 2,000, to thank them for drawing tourists to the town.

By: Lifestyle Desk | Kolkata | Published:November 27, 2016 9:08 pm
Long-tailed macaques eat fruits during the annual Monkey Buffet Festival in Lopburi, north of Bangkok November 29, 2015.  The festival provides food and drinks to the local monkey population, which numbers more than 2,000, to thank them for drawing tourists to the town. REUTERS/Jorge Silva Long-tailed macaques eat fruits during the annual Monkey Buffet Festival in Lopburi, north of Bangkok. (Source: Reuters file photo)

India has a long tradition of worshipping Lord Hanuman and hence the long-tailed macaques often get away after creating ruckus or menace, and there are many perks to it too. But India is not alone where these naughty animals are offered special privileges and treated with food.

In Thailand, every year a special food fest is hosted in honour of these monkeys. The reason the macaques get to enjoy a delicious feast is because the people of the town have a firm belief that they bring good luck and fortune, and are thus patient of their antics.

The gala event is hosted in the famous town of Lopburi in north of Bangkok every year, end-November. This year, the feast was organised on Sunday (November 27). The Lopburi Monkey Festival is arguably the world’s wildest dinner party.

money festival, thailand, what to do in thailand, lopburi monkey festival, thailand monkey feast, strange festivals, monkey buffet festival, november festivals, lopburi festivals, thailand news, world news The Lopburi Monkey Festival is arguably the world’s wildest dinner party. (Source: Reuters)

Special spreads of fruits, sticky rice and cashews is offered to the restless guests, and a unique an egg-yolk dessert known as thong yod is also served.

The festival is internationally famous and every year tourists from across the world throng to witness the crazy feast. The festival has been attracting audience annually since 1980s. Thousands reach the town to see the spectacle and click pictures and it part of special attractions in Thailand.

“The festival takes place on the ruins of Phra Prang Sam Yot, an 800-year-old Khmer-era Hindu temple and one of the town’s most striking landmarks,” an AFP report said. The report also added that regular feeding habits have made the monkeys accustomed to human presence and they even tried “stealing hair clips” from an international tourist.

Eventually the monkeys are found dancing on the tables, throwing soda at each other, jumping on people’s shoulder and tossing fruits around but nevertheless it’s part of a tradition that the town enjoys.