Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Chiang Mai Loi Krathong - honoring the Buddha and an offering to the water spirit.

2010 Loi Krathong Greetings....
Chiang Mai, Thailand!

Loi Krathong wishes and blessings.

Loi Krathong flower boat made of banana leaves, orchids, incense sticks and a candle.

Loi Krathong takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai calendar. 

On this night, the Thai people honor the Buddha, by placing a candle on a banana leaf boat, which they release into the river.

Apart from venerating the Buddha with light (the candle on the raft), the act of floating away the candle raft is symbolic of letting go of all one's grudges, anger and defilements, so that one can start life afresh on a better foot.

Many Thai believe that floating a raft will bring good luck, and they do it to honor and thank the Goddess of Water, Phra Mae Khongkha.

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