Thai Festival- Loy Krathong

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The thing I love most about Thailand is all of the miscellaneous holidays, festivals and celebrations.

We just celebrated Loi Krathong – Loi means “to float” and Krathong has several meanings, but the one most common is “buoyant, floating basket.”  So the translation literally means “to float a basket.”  The idea is to create or buy a decorated floral arrangement made from banana leaves and other beautiful flowers, make a wish, light the candle and send it off into the river, lake, pond or canal.  It is a simple, yet ancient celebration of the New Moon and to pay respects to the water spirits.

I have a few pictures to show how us non Thais celebrated this tradition!

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In Bangkok they light up floating bags and send them up into the sky, but they stopped doing it in certain areas due to houses & buildings catching on fire.

Anyway, hope you enjoyed one of the MANY celebrations.

Love – Ray

 

 

 

 

 


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