Khon Juk and the Coming of Age Ceremony

Today was an interesting day here in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand. A young man who lives down the road had a traditional “Khon Juk” or the “Top Knot Cutting” Ceremony.

Khon Juk for our neighbor Kim – The Coming of Age Ceremony in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand

Not many Thai young men or women have a top knot today, it is part of traditional culture that is slipping away, and Kim was the only young man I have seen here that had a top knot. His parents asked if I would come and photograph the part of the ceremony that was held at my wife’s sisters home. I was happy to oblige.

Khon Juk for our neighbor Kim – The Coming of Age Ceremony in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand

I missed the actual cutting part, which I regret because they are becoming rare. The cutting itself took place at a temple chosen for luck, which was a 2 hour drive from where I live, so unfortunately I could not attend. Instead I waited for the return of the travelers and photographed the second part of the festival, which is called the coming of age ceremony.

Kim’s father places prayer string on his son during The Coming of Age Ceremony
Kim lights a prayer candle at his Coming of Age Ceremony in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand

It was a ton of fun, and one more Thai culture learning experience, as well as making a few new friends and a chance to keep my shutter finger in shape. It did make me realize something I had never thought of before. I never put two and two together. I always wondered about the shape of the Thai Buddha, with the point at the top of the head. Today doing research on the “Khon Juk” it came to me. A top knot? I don’t know if that is correct, but it seems to makes sense, at this moment in time … to me anyway.

Family and friends place prayer string on Kim’s wrists, and give him gifts of money.
Blessings that symbolize health, wealth and long life are given to Kim, along with many prayers. – A Coming of Age Ceremony in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand
Kim at the end of the Coming of Age Ceremony in Nakhon Nayok, Thailand


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