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Loi Krathong – thanking nature

Posted by dan on November 20, 2010

This video is produced by the Tourism Authority of Thailand. See video in English: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NSkriTLhM7A

Loi Khratong is a Thai festival which has its roots in the Hindu Diwali festival. Its meaning has changed in Buddhist Thailand – instead of celebrating the return of Lord Rama, Thais pay their respect to the spirit of waters for sustaining life: the rice fields, fish, men and beast. Held usually on the evening of the fool moon of November, people descend on the rivers, klongs (canal), lakes and ponds, and float lit up wreaths made of banana leaves, flowers, candles and incense sticks. It is also a party time, with loud music and restaurants full of people.

More about Loi Khratong: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loi_Krathong

Loi Khratong official website: http://www.loikrathong.net/en/index.php

 

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