ลอยกระทง Loi Krathong

23Nov10

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I just returned from the »Loi Krathong« light festival in Sukhothai (North Thailand). »Loi« means »to float« and a »krathong« is traditionally a lantern made from a section of a banana tree trunk. Many Thais believe that floating a raft lantern during the full moon light in November will bring them good luck and float off their »bad karma«, plus they do it to honor and thank the Goddess of Water.

Some people also put a bit of money into their krathongs (who says that water goddesses are not bribable?!) – so I have witnessed countless times how people fished other peoples’ floating lanterns out of the water, almost immediately after they were launched, to take the money or to re-sell it (very sustainable thinking, I guess). But no worries, apparently it does not matter if this spiritual gesture is interrupted in such a crude way, because as soon as it hits the water, the good luck is activated and the »bad karma« floats off. Pheeeew!

Therefore I am actually very excited to see what my close future has on offer for me, as I’ve even designed my own krathong that I launched in one of the lakes in the historical park of the city. The very sweet people at the nice Sabaidee Guesthouse, where we were staying, gave us a DIY Krathong Lesson, which was actually great fun. So, above you find the step by step instruction manual.

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