Only in Bangkok: the world’s weirdest Valentine’s Day ritual
Forget chocolates and flowers: death, rebirth, cross-dressing and chariot rides come together in a very Thai celebration of love.
Wat Thien, a Buddhist temple on the outskirts of the Thai capital, is well known for its rebirth ceremonies, where couples take part in an elaborate ritual designed to clear away bad karma before they start their new life together. Channel 4 News photographer and cameraman Raul Gallego Abellan was there.
Couples reach the temple in a parade. The grooms arrive first, riding horses. The brides follow on chariots.
As at any wedding the world over, the men wait nervously for the arrival of the brides.