Nakhon Ratchasima —
In Thailand, it is a common belief that certain holy places or objects have the power to bring good luck and fortune, and this time it is a tree.
This particular tree scientifically known as a hairy keruing was swarmed by hundreds of locals in a small town of the Khon Buri district of Nakhon Ratchasima after a merchant in the area claimed that he had won a six-million-baht lottery prize after begging for good luck from this tree.
All types of typical Thai offerings, such as sweet food, red Fanta, flowers, incense, and three-colored fabric, were laid and tied around the trunk of the tree by those hoping to receive good luck and fortune.
Local media visiting the tree said this holy tree has a distinctive feature that sets it apart from regular trees. It has a big, leafless branch that extends outward from the middle of the trunk, but instead of pointing upward, it curves downward resembling the head of a snake. Some people, however, view it as a mysterious object or phallus related to male sexuality, while others see it as a lucky charm.
This kind of phenomenon is very typical in Thailand, especially during this time as it is the final stretch before the announcement of the government lottery results, The Pattaya News noted.