Loi Krathong Festival in Lumpini Park

The Loi Krathong Festival is a held during the flood season on the last full moon in November, the festival centers around floating a krathong into a lake or river when the moon is full and tide is high. The krathong is made from natural materials- banana trunk and leaves or coconut are the base and make it float, it is decorated with flowers, candles and incense.

It is a celebration, you light the candle and incense and float your krathong. The moon is full, all the floating candles are beautiful on a lake or river. The floating of a krathong meant different things through history- from asking for forgiveness for drinking water to worshiping the footprint of Buddha; today the festival is more about floating a krathong to wish away misfortune, you are floating away a sin or making a wish that will be buried at the bottom of a river or lake.

I wasn’t overly motivated about the festival, it sounded a bit silly. I was wrong, I walked to Lumpini and was surprised at the beauty of the krathongs and the enthusiasm of large crowd. I will go back and recommend it for any local of someone on holiday.

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Additional pictures: http://www.tumblr.com/blog/faranginbangkok For more updates about Bangkok, Thailand and other thoughts: www.twitter.com/lilrichardb I began working in Bangkok during 2008- a time that featured a great deal of political unrest in Thailand and particularly Bangkok. I had lived in San Francisco for 15 years and was working on a project in Thailand. Generally I spent 2 weeks in Bangkok and then 3-4 weeks in San Francisco. Did Bangkok begin to feel like home? Yes, and No. Bangkok and the Thai culture forced me to feel many things, the change in culture and environment was so dramatic it forced the decision- embrace or ignore. I embraced and made Bangkok my home and base in 2009. I have enjoyed living in Bangkok, experiencing Thailand and the entire ASEAN region.
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