Thursday, November 6, 2014

Floats of Dreams

I can't believe it's already been a year since we celebrated Loi Krathong for the first time. This year, living in a different village and possibly celebrating Loi Krathong for the last time, we wanted to participate and celebrate with the locals again. We had originally planned on heading up to Chiang Mai for the famous flying lantern festival, but it's been only two weeks since our trip to Japan, so we decided to celebrate locally at the lake by our house.

It was very low-key for us this year. We walked around admiring all the krathong available for purchase and bought three krathong made from banana trees wrapped in banana leaves and decorated with beautiful flowers to release. Families were out and about, hanging out, and lighting and sending off their own krathong. We walked around a while watching others celebrate and enjoying the atmosphere. It was a nice way to end the day, reflect, and be with each other and others,.
Banana leaf-wrapped krathong.
Alligator krathong made with dough, which the fish in the lake gobble up.
More krathong made from dough.
Krathong carrying away troubles and wishes into the universe.
The lake full of lit krathong.

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