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Loi Krathong festival in Thailand..

This year ; Nov. 16th, Today celebrating..

 

Loy Krathong (or Loi Kratong) is a festival celebrated in Thailand. It is held on the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar, but in the western calendar it usually falls into November.

?Loi? means ?to float?. ?Krathong? is a vessel traditionally made from a section of banana tree trunk (although modern-day versions, some use styrofoam), decorated with elaborately-folded banana leaves, flowers, candles, incenses etc.

 

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The festival dates back to the time of the Sukhothai Kingdom (Thailand), about 700 years ago.

 

There are various accounts about the origins of the Loi Krathong tradition in Thailand. However given the river-based culture that forms the foundation of the traditional Thai way of life in Thailand, it is widely believed that the origin of the Loi Krathong festival were was the ritual of offerings made to Mae Khongkha, the Mother of Waters in an act of appeasement.

 

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Thai people believe that by setting a krathong adrift the krathong, one symbolically casts away grief, misery and ill-fortunes. Coins are also placed in the krathong in the form of offerings. For the romantic at heart and young couples, Loi Krathong in Sukhothai and elsewhere in Thailand is the time to make yearly wishes for happiness and success in love.

 

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The festival originates in Sukhothai, but is now celebrated throughout Thailand, with the festivities in Chiang Mai and Ayutthaya being particularly well known.

 

People nationwide will flock to the river to celebrate this festival. In the evening, when the full moon begins to rise, people carry their Krathongs to the banks of waterways.

After the candle and incense sticks are lighted, the Krathong is pushed gently out onto the surface of the placid water. A few folk will raise their hands in worship. They watch the Krathong as it floats sluggishly along until it is out of sight.

 

Some provinces celebrate in unique ways; such as Yi Peng Float Festival and Loi Kratong Sai.

Yi Peng Float festival is a spectacular event when people together lid up hundreds of floating lanterns into the sky, and Kratong Sai are hundreds of kratong loosely tied up and let floated in group-line down the river.

 

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Come to Thailand during the full moon in November... and you will enjoy the festival... koku.gif Koku will give you a big treat... wink.gif

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loi_Kratong

http://www.tourismthailand.se/festival.htm

http://www.thaipro.com/events_00/123_loi_kratong_floats.htm

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Very well, KOKU your country and your culture must be spectacular, much party, much joy. I assume that I am one lover of your culture.

 

PAZ E SA?DE betm13.gif

Ha ha... definitely.

We, Thai people, enjoy celebrations, and are very welcome to new friends, foreigners... wink.gif

We like variety of foods... you can find places to eat 24hour...and we like shopping... smile.gif

 

I know you'll love Thailand, if you have a chance to visit us some day... biggrin.gif

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  • 11 months later...

Gah, that looks like a lot of fun.

 

Shame it's on the other side of the world... sad.gif

 

In Britain we got Guy Fawkes/Firework/Bonfire Night (the whole November 5th thing... and V for Vendetta, although personally I don't agree with that book/film's idea of Guy Fawkes as a hero), so the last few nights have sounded like a warzone.

 

We had a laser show in the student union! Lasers are funky, not matter what!

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Hmm, I guess that's the difference...in the USA we don't need a reason to party big. The freedom!...and the subsequent arrests by the 'morality police'...BIG-NOSED NOSEY-NOSED 'neighborhood watch' dudes need to mind their own business. Tear up my own house if I want...glad I don't live in the suburbs...must suck for the young folk that wanna party there.

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C'mon, parties and fairs must be kicked at any lame excuse... great for the commerce, and nothing better than eating bread with a spicy sausage, washing it with cheap soda, then going into some toy that spins a lot! Then losing your cash on the roulette. Or even worse, buying silver-looking swastika chains, writing your name in rice, buying nametags, and the like.

 

 

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