Thousands of monkeys honored in Thailand with giant feast

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By: Nathan Rousseau Smith/Veuer

Over Thanksgiving, a lucky pair of turkeys received their pardon -- but in Thailand thousands of long-tailed monkeys are granted a feast.

Instead of a gravy train, three giant trucks filled with fruit are presented to the thousands of monkeys living in the Province of Lopburi at the Monkey Buffet Festival.

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Monkeys cross a street before the Monkey Buffet Festival, in Lopburi province, north of Bangkok, Thailand November 27, 2016. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom
Monkeys eat fruits and vegetables in a van during the Monkey Buffet Festival, near the Phra Prang Sam Yot temple in Lopburi province, north of Bangkok, Thailand November 27, 2016. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom
Monkeys run across a street before the Monkey Buffet Festival, in Lopburi province, north of Bangkok, Thailand November 27, 2016. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom
Monkeys eat fruits and vegetables during the Monkey Buffet Festival, near the Phra Prang Sam Yot temple in Lopburi province, north of Bangkok, Thailand November 27, 2016. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom
A tourist take a selfie as a monkey climbs on his arm during the annual Monkey Buffet Festival at the Phra Prang Sam Yot temple in Lopburi province, north of Bangkok, Thailand November 27, 2016. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom
Performers in monkey dresses dance during the annual Monkey Buffet Festival at the Phra Prang Sam Yot temple in Lopburi province, north of Bangkok, Thailand November 27, 2016. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom
Long-tailed macaques are seen at the Pra Prang Sam Yot temple before the annual Monkey Buffet Festival in Lopburi, north of Bangkok November 29, 2015. The festival provides food and drinks to the local monkey population, which numbers more than 2,000, to thank them for drawing tourists to the town. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
A monkey drinks in front of the Phra Prang Sam Yot temple during the annual Monkey Buffet Festival in Lopburi province, north of Bangkok, Thailand November 27, 2016. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom
A long-tailed macaque is seen at the Pra Prang Sam Yot temple before the annual Monkey Buffet Festival in Lopburi, north of Bangkok November 29, 2015. The festival provides food and drinks to the local monkey population, which numbers more than 2,000, to thank them for drawing tourists to the town. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
Long-tailed macaques eat fruits from a plate held by festival organizer Yongyuth Kitwattananusorn during the annual Monkey Buffet Festival at the Pra Prang Sam Yot temple in Lopburi, north of Bangkok, Thailand November 29, 2015. The festival provides food and drinks to the local monkey population, which numbers more than 2,000, to thank them for drawing tourists to the town. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
Long-tailed macaques eat fruits during the annual Monkey Buffet Festival in Lopburi, north of Bangkok November 29, 2015. The festival provides food and drinks to the local monkey population, which numbers more than 2,000, to thank them for drawing tourists to the town. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
Long-tailed macaques eat fruits from a plate held by festival organizer Yongyuth Kitwattananusorn during the annual Monkey Buffet Festival at the Pra Prang Sam Yot temple in Lopburi, north of Bangkok, Thailand November 29, 2015. The festival provides food and drinks to the local monkey population, which numbers more than 2,000, to thank them for drawing tourists to the town. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
A long-tailed macaque eats during the annual Monkey Buffet Festival at the Pra Prang Sam Yot temple in Lopburi, 150km (94 miles) north of Bangkok November 27, 2011. The festival provides food and drinks to the local monkey population, which numbers more than 2,000, to thank them for drawing tourists to the town. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: SOCIETY TRAVEL ANIMALS)
A long-tailed macaque eats food served during the annual Monkey Buffet Festival at the Pra Prang Sam Yot temple in Lopburi, north of Bangkok November 30, 2014. The festival provides food and drinks to the local monkey population, which numbers more than 2,000, to thank them for drawing tourists to the town. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS)
Long-tailed macaques drink and eat food offered during the annual Monkey Buffet Festival at the Pra Prang Sam Yot temple in Lopburi, 150km (94 miles) north of Bangkok November 27, 2011. The festival provides food and drinks to the local monkey population, which numbers more than 2,000, to thank them for drawing tourists to the town. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: SOCIETY ANIMALS TRAVEL)
A monkey nips a woman's hair at the Pra Prang Sam Yot temple during the Monkey Buffet Festival in Lopburi province, 150 km (94 miles) north of Bangkok, November 25, 2012. More than 4,000kg of fruits are used during the annual festival to promote tourism. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom (THAILAND - Tags: SOCIETY FOOD ANIMALS TRAVEL TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)
A long-tailed macaque eats at the Pra Prang Sam Yot temple during the annual Monkey Buffet Festival in Lopburi, 150km (94 miles) north of Bangkok, November 28, 2010. The festival provides food and drinks to the local monkey population, which numbers more than 2,000, to thank them for drawing tourists to the town. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: ANIMALS FOOD TRAVEL)
Long-tailed macaques gather at the Pra Prang Sam Yot temple for the annual Monkey Buffet Festival in Lopburi, 150km (94 miles) north of Bangkok, November 28, 2010. The festival provides food and drinks to the local monkey population, which numbers more than 2,000, to thank them for drawing tourists to the town. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: ANIMALS FOOD TRAVEL SOCIETY)
Long-tailed macaque monkeys gather at the Pra Prang Sam Yot temple for the annual Monkey Buffet Festival in Lopburi, 150km (94 miles) north of Bangkok November 29, 2009. The festival provides various types of food and drink to the local monkey population, which numbers more than 2,000, thanking them for drawing tourists to the town. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND SOCIETY TRAVEL ANIMALS)
Long-tailed macaques rest after eating at the Pra Prang Sam Yot temple during the annual Monkey Buffet Festival in Lopburi, 150km (94 miles) north of Bangkok, November 28, 2010. The festival provides food and drinks to the local monkey population, which numbers more than 2,000, to thank them for drawing tourists to the town. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND - Tags: ANIMALS TRAVEL FOOD IMAGES OF THE DAY)
A long-tailed macaque monkey holds glasses stolen from a tourist during the annual Monkey Buffet Festival, in front of the Pra Prang Sam Yot temple in Lopburi, 150km (94 miles) north of Bangkok, November 29, 2009. The festival provides various types of food and drink to the local monkey population, which numbers more than 2,000, to thank them for drawing tourists to the town. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj (THAILAND SOCIETY TRAVEL ANIMALS RELIGION IMAGES OF THE DAY)
Chefs prepare fruits and vegetables during the annual Monkey Buffet Festival in front of Pra Prang Sam Yot temple in Lopburi province, 150 km (94 miles) north of Bangkok, November 25, 2007.The annual festival provides various types of food and drink to the local monkey population, which numbers more than 2,000. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang (THAILAND)
A monkey grabs food at the Pra Prang Sam Yot temple during the Monkey Buffet Festival in Lopburi, about 150 km (92 miles) north of Bangkok November 27, 2005. The annual festival provides various types of food and drink to the local monkey population, which numbers more than 2,000.
Monkeys grab food on a table during the Monkey Buffet festival at the Pra Prang Sam Yot temple in Lopburi, about 150km (92 miles) north of Bangkok, November 27, 2005. The annual festival provides various types of food and drink to the local monkey population, which numbers more than 2,000. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang
A monkey drinks Coke during the Monkey Buffet festival at the Pra Prang Sam Yot temple in Lopburi, about 150km (92 miles) north of Bangkok, November 27, 2005. The annual festival provides various types of food and drink to the local monkey population, which numbers more than 2,000. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang
A Monkey enjoys fruits and vegetables during the annual festival in front of ancient temple in Lopburi province 150 km (94 miles) north of Bangkok on November 28, 2004. More than 2,000 kg of fruit and vegetables were used during the festival to promote tourism. REUTERS/Chaiwat Subprasom CS/LA
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It's the Thai people's way of giving thanks to the cheeky primates for driving tourists to the monkey province.

The festival has been toned down a bit since the country is still in the one year mourning period, following the death of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

After a hearty feast, rather than a tryptophan induced nap or arguing over politics, it's back to getting piggyback rides from tourists and checking for any last bits of food on their friends.

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