>In November last year, I introduced Cj to Loy Krathong, a lovely water festival celebrated on the full moon of the 12th month in the Thai traditional lunar calendar, commonly known as November in the western world calendar. Last weekend was the anniversary of Cj’s Loy Krathong experience. ‘Loy’ means to float; and krathong is the Thai word for that thing Cj is holding on the photos below.
We didn’t have time to go far. Traffic was so jammed it took hours just to get to the rivers. Busy Bangkokians usually settle for bodies of water they find near them in the city. Those in extreme situations float their Krathongs on swimming pools. I decided on a convenient location – the pond of Queen Sirikit Park on Sukhumvit Road.
There are many versions of krathongs that Thais float on Krathong eve. Cj’s krathong is made from a banana trunk, covered with coconut leaves and decorated with orchids in the top middle. There’s a candle to light and three incense sticks on it. Last year the raft of my krathong was a flower bread. The fish welcomed it with open mouths. It didn’t last long in the water.
People make a wish as they float their krathongs. As Cj looks bored, I didn’t bother him that much about making a wish. I could have been in trouble if he told me. My wish though is to float my krathong in Chiangmai where the festival is a big deal; one huge party.
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