Thai community gathers to pay respects to turtle for good fortune

Picture courtesy of Sanook

It was reported today that residents of Sai Kaew Community, Phimai district, Nakhon Ratchasima province, gathered at house number 127/1 to pay their respects and seek good fortune from a beautifully kept turtle, ‘Kai Toon.’ The turtle is owned by Sawang Saungsombat, a 62 year old local.

Sawang explained that her son bought the turtle for her to care for as a pet about a year ago. As turtles are considered auspicious, she decided to keep it for good luck. Previously, Sawang had dreamt of the turtle bringing her fortune, which led her to use her house number in a lottery, ultimately winning. Upon learning about her luck, other villagers rushed to see the turtle, reported Sanook.

Before this event, two villagers had already won the lottery with the help of the turtle, they believed. For this occasion, locals brought flowers, incense and candles to pay respects, and applied powder to the turtle’s shell to discover numbers, as they believed the turtle would bring good luck to the community again. The found numbers were 29 and 57, which villagers intended to use for bets before the next lottery draw.

A week ago, a woman was startled by an unexpected, metre-long green pit viper crawling around her window at her home in Phayao province, sparking a social media frenzy where many believe the snake may have brought good luck.

The resident, Kannanat Prompao, shared a video clip on her Facebook account of the snake approaching her window, with a caption stating, “It just came in so boldly, it’s huge.” The video reveals the snake is about a metre in length and attempts to enter the house through the window, but is unable to do so due to the presence of a mosquito net. The snake eventually slithers away from the window, leaving the woman in shock. To read more click HERE.

Thailand News

Samantha Rose

Samantha was a successful freelance journalist who worked with international news organisations before joining Thaiger. With a Bachelor's degree in Journalism from London, her global perspective on news and current affairs is influenced by her days in the UK, Singapore, and across Thailand. She now covers general stories related to Thailand.

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