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The Monkey Buffet Festival

It can be amusing and fun to have some buffet with a bunch of monkeys. It all happens on the last Sunday in November at the ruins of the Phra Prang Sam Yod Temple in Lopburi, Thailand. However, humans are not the ones invited to the feast. The guests are monkeys called macaques.

This festival is to honor them and there are thousands of them. It is thought that they bring good luck to the area and the people who live there. The Monkey Buffet Festival starts off with an opening ceremony during which dancers perform in monkey costumes. Then the macaques arrive and the tables are lined with fruit and vegetables.

The fun begins when the monkeys climb the pyramids created from watermelon, durian, lettuce, pineapple and other kinds of food. They are so delighted they jump from table to table. All of the food is as an offering to them.

The monkeys earned respect about 2000 years ago according to an epic tale. It tells of Rama who was a divine prince. His dilemma was that he had to rescue his wife, Sita from a demon lord. He was helped by Hanuman, a monkey king, and his army. Sita was rescued and since then monkeys have been known to bring good luck and prosperity.

The tourists and townsfolk who come to watch can get food at food stalls. They just have to be careful once the monkeys have eaten because then they are known to throw food and get curious about what people have brought with them.

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    • I once wound up in a staring contest with a monkey who sat on one side of the glass enclosure and I stood on the other and it just kept staring at me and so I stared back and in the end that monkey started laughing and just went away, I guess I won that contest,

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