Firework display during the Loy Krathong Festival on Friday night at the Sukhothai Historical Park (courtesy of Kobphuk Phromrekha)
Firework display during the Loy Krathong Festival on Friday night at the Sukhothai Historical Park (courtesy of Kobphuk Phromrekha)

River of dreams

national November 05, 2017 01:00

By THE SUNDAY NATION

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LOCAL and foreign tourists gathered along waterways all around the country on Friday night to celebrate the much-loved Loy Krathong Festival – the ancient Thai ritual of honouring the Water Goddess.



Loy Krathong is one of the most famous festivals celebrated nationwide in Thailand.

As the full moon casts its light over the land, the rivers, lakes and canals come alive with bursts of light as lotus-inspired floats, known as krathong, fashioned from banana leaves and adorned with colourful blossoms and candles, are sent out onto rivers and ponds.

By tradition, it is an act of apology to the goddess of the rivers for our misdeeds and to ask for good luck in the coming year.

Krathong made from natural materials are popular among festival goers this year(courtesy of Chalinee Thirasupha).People float krathong made from natural materials from the banks of the Chao Phraya River bank under the Rama VIII Bridge in Bangkok on Friday night (courtesy of Chalinee Thirasupha).A mother and her son, dressed in traditional clothes, make a wish before floating their krathong in Bangkok to ritually apologise to Ganga, the Water Goddess(courtesy of Chalinee Thirasupha). Two women are hyped to set off their flying lantern at the Loy Krathong festival in the Northern province of Lamphun (courtesy of Prasert Thepsri)​​​​​​​. Loy Krathong and Yipeng festival in Lamphun (courtesy of Prasert Thepsri)​​​​​​​

Chulalongkorn University students float eco-friendly flower candles in the university’s pond Friday night. For this year, Chulalongkorn’s Loy Krathong festival comes up with a theme “Love is all around” to raise awareness not only on magnificent Thai culture but also on preserving the environment (courtesy of Anant Chantarasoot)​​​​​​​.Asiatique the River Front was one of the most popular spots for Thai and foreign tourists celebrating Loy Krathong Festival on Friday night in Bangkok (courtesy of Anant Chantarasoot)​​​​​​​.

 

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