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Buddhist ordination festival in Thailand

Tai Yai boys have been dressed in festive garb and carried in procession by their relatives during the Poy Sang Long Festival in Mae Hong Son, Thailand. The festival is s Buddhist novice ordination ceremony of the Shan people, or Tai Yai – an ethnic group of Shan State in Myanmar and northern Thailand.

Buddhist ordination festival in Thailand
Tai Yai boys are carried by their relatives out of Wat Don Chedi during the Poy Sang Long Festival on April 7, 2014 in Mae Hong Son, Thailand. Poy Sang Long is a Buddhist novice ordination ceremony of the Shan people or Tai Yai, an ethnic group of Shan State in Myanmar and northern Thailand. Young boys aged between 7 and 14 are ordained as novices to learn the Buddhist doctrines. It's believed that they will gain merit for their parents by ordaining. (Getty Images)
Buddhist ordination festival in Thailand
Tai Yai boys are carried in a procession by their relatives during the Poy Sang Long Festival on April 7, 2014 in Mae Hong Son, Thailand. Poy Sang Long is a Buddhist novice ordination ceremony of the Shan people or Tai Yai, an ethnic group of Shan State in Myanmar and northern Thailand. Young boys aged between 7 and 14 are ordained as novices to learn the Buddhist doctrines. It's believed that they will gain merit for their parents by ordaining. (Getty Images)
Buddhist ordination festival in Thailand
Makeup is put on a Tai Yai boy during the Poy Sang Long festival on April 7, 2014 in Mae Hong Son, Thailand. Poy Sang Long is a Buddhist novice ordination ceremony of the Shan people or Tai Yai, an ethnic group of Shan State in Myanmar and northern Thailand. Young boys aged between 7 and 14 are ordained as novices to learn the Buddhist doctrines. It's believed that they will gain merit for their parents by ordaining. (Getty Images)
Buddhist ordination festival in Thailand
A Tai Yai boy wakes before dawn to be dressed and made up for the days festivities on April 7, 2014 in Mae Hong Son, Thailand. Poy Sang Long is a Buddhist novice ordination ceremony of the Shan people or Tai Yai, an ethnic group of Shan State in Myanmar and northern Thailand. Young boys aged between 7 and 14 are ordained as novices to learn the Buddhist doctrines. It's believed that they will gain merit for their parents by ordaining. (Getty Images)
Buddhist ordination festival in Thailand
Tai Yai boys are dressed and made-up elaborately during the Poy Sang Long festival on April 7, 2014 in Mae Hong Son, Thailand. Poy Sang Long is a Buddhist novice ordination ceremony of the Shan people or Tai Yai, an ethnic group of Shan State in Myanmar and northern Thailand. Young boys aged between 7 and 14 are ordained as novices to learn the Buddhist doctrines. It's believed that they will gain merit for their parents by ordaining. (Getty Images)
Buddhist ordination festival in Thailand
Tai Yai boys are carried in a procession by their relatives during the Poy Sang Long Festival on April 7, 2014 in Mae Hong Son, Thailand. Poy Sang Long is a Buddhist novice ordination ceremony of the Shan people or Tai Yai, an ethnic group of Shan State in Myanmar and northern Thailand. Young boys aged between 7 and 14 are ordained as novices to learn the Buddhist doctrines. It's believed that they will gain merit for their parents by ordaining. (Getty Images)
Buddhist ordination festival in Thailand
Tai Yai boys gather for a group portrait during the Poy Sang Long Festival on April 7, 2014 in Mae Hong Son, Thailand. Poy Sang Long is a Buddhist novice ordination ceremony of the Shan people or Tai Yai, an ethnic group of Shan State in Myanmar and northern Thailand. Young boys aged between 7 and 14 are ordained as novices to learn the Buddhist doctrines. It's believed that they will gain merit for their parents by ordaining. (Getty Images)
Buddhist ordination festival in Thailand
Tai Yai boys are driven to their friends and relatives homes during the Poy Sang Long Festival on April 7, 2014 in Mae Hong Son, Thailand. Poy Sang Long is a Buddhist novice ordination ceremony of the Shan people or Tai Yai, an ethnic group of Shan State in Myanmar and northern Thailand. Young boys aged between 7 and 14 are ordained as novices to learn the Buddhist doctrines. It's believed that they will gain merit for their parents by ordaining. (Getty Images)
Buddhist ordination festival in Thailand
Tai Yai boys pray at Wat Don Chedi during the Poy Sang Long Festival on April 7, 2014 in Mae Hong Son, Thailand. Poy Sang Long is a Buddhist novice ordination ceremony of the Shan people or Tai Yai, an ethnic group of Shan State in Myanmar and northern Thailand. Young boys aged between 7 and 14 are ordained as novices to learn the Buddhist doctrines. It's believed that they will gain merit for their parents by ordaining. (Getty Images)
Buddhist ordination festival in Thailand
A Tai Yai boy prays at Wat Don Chedi during the Poy Sang Long Festival on April 7, 2014 in Mae Hong Son, Thailand. Poy Sang Long is a Buddhist novice ordination ceremony of the Shan people or Tai Yai, an ethnic group of Shan State in Myanmar and northern Thailand. Young boys aged between 7 and 14 are ordained as novices to learn the Buddhist doctrines. It's believed that they will gain merit for their parents by ordaining. (Getty Images)
Buddhist ordination festival in Thailand
Tai Yai boys are carried in a procession by their relatives during the Poy Sang Long Festival on April 7, 2014 in Mae Hong Son, Thailand. Poy Sang Long is a Buddhist novice ordination ceremony of the Shan people or Tai Yai, an ethnic group of Shan State in Myanmar and northern Thailand. Young boys aged between 7 and 14 are ordained as novices to learn the Buddhist doctrines. It's believed that they will gain merit for their parents by ordaining. (Getty Images)