|Justice and Arcadian and their Loy Krathongs made at school.|
According to Wikipedia, Loi or Loy Krathong (Loy means to float, while Krathong is the name of the thing being floated) is a Thai holiday in which people make (or buy) decorative floats to put in the rivers. The floats are usually made out of banana tree, banana leaves, flowers, and have incense and candles placed on them. The Krathong, "candle venerates the Buddha with light, while the krathong's floating symbolizes letting go of all of one's hatred, anger, and defilements."The date of the festival changes every year as it coincides with the evening of the full moon in the 12th month of the traditional Thai lunar calendar, generally November for us Westerners. This year it was on the 17th of November. There was a live band, Western and Thai food, games, and a traditional Thai costume contest.
|Loy Krathongs in Nichada Lake, the boys' are in there somewhere|
Despite the heat and humidity and large crowd, it was a good night. Maybe next year we will venture out of Nichada for the festival and go to the actual river with the locals.