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Royal oxen predict plentiful food, water

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At the Royal Ploughing Ceremony at Sanam Luang ground in Bangkok on Friday morning, the sacred oxen chose water and grass from the choices offered them, which was interpreted as a forecast there will be abundant water and food this year. 

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Royal oxen predict plentiful food, water

At the Royal Ploughing Ceremony at Sanam Luang ground in Bangkok on Friday morning, the sacred oxen chose water and grass from the proffered platter, which was interpreted as a forecast there will be abundant water and food this year.

The Lord of the Plough picked out a piece of cloth measuring six palms, which indicates insufficient water. Low-lying paddy fields will give good yields, but those on higher ground will be damaged, according to the ceremonial prediction.

HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn presided over the annual ceremony that marks the beginning of the rice cultivation season.

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Vocabulary:

abundant: more than enough - มากมาย

annual: happening every year - ทุกๆปีด, ประจำปี

cultivation: the preparation and use of land for growing plants or crops - การเตรียมดินสำหรับเพาะปลูก

forecast: a statement about what will happen in the future based on information available now - การพยากรณ์, การคาดการณ์

indicate: to show that something is true, exists or will happen - แสดง, ให้สัญญาณ

insufficient: not enough - ไม่เพียงพอ

interpret: to decide what the intended meaning of something is - ตีความ, ชี้แจง, อธิบาย

mark: to show that something is happening or happened - เป็นเครืองแสดง เป็นการเริ่มต้น

oxen: males cows - วัวตัวผู้

paddy field: a field planted with rice growing in water - นาข้าว

palm: the inner surface of the hand between the wrist and the fingers -

platter: a large plate that is used for serving food - จานตื้นขนาดใหญ่

plentiful: available or existing in large amounts or numbers - มากมาย, อุดมสมบูรณ์

plough: to dig and turn over a field or other area of land with a large piece of farming equipment called a plough - ไถ

predict: to say that an event or action will happen in the future, especially as a result of knowledge or experience - คาดการณ์ว่า พยากรณ์จากสถิติว่า

prediction: a statement about what you think will happen in the future - คำพยากรณ์,คำทำนาย,การพยากรณ์

preside: to be in charge of a ceremony, official meeting, or other event - ทรง) เป็นประธานในพิธี 

proffer: to offer something to someone -

sacred: considered to be holy - ศักดิ์สิทธิ์

yield: an amount of something produced - ผลผลิต

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