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Loy Krathong, Thursday, 10th November 2011

From Wikipedia: Loy Krathong

Loy Krathong takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar. In the western calendar this usually falls in November. Loy literally means 'to float,' while krathong refers to the lotus-shaped receptacle which can float on the water. Originally, the krathong was made of banana leaves or the layers of the trunk of a banana tree or a spider lily plant. A krathong contains food, betel nuts, flowers, joss sticks, candle and coins. Modern krathongs are more often made of bread or styrofoam. A bread krathong will disintegrate in a few a days and be eaten by fish and other animals. The traditional banana stalk krathongs are also biodegradable, but styrofoam krathongs are frowned on, since they are polluting and may take years to disappear. Regardless of the composition, a krathong will be decorated with elaborately-folded banana leaves, flowers, candles and incense sticks. A low value coin is sometimes included as an offering to the river spirits. During the night of the full moon, Thais will float their krathong on a river, canal or a pond lake. The festival is believed to originate in an ancient practice of paying respect to the spirit of the waters. Today it is simply a time to have fun.

Krathongs of different designs

krathongs, all assembled to a fixed pattern

The bread Krathongs in the shape of a turtle. Loy Krathong is fun!

Beach scene, showing the curve of the bay.

People lighting the sented "Josh Sticks", making a ptayer for their happiness, then floating the Krathong out to sea.

Launching the bright, flame lit, hot air lanterns into the sky

I have shown the location where I have taken the photos. The subjects posed, but I never asked their names.

Getting ready for Loy Krathong. Soi Diana Inn

Competition for photographic shots? ....... She is also using a Nikon D5100 !

Taking her own photo on her mobile

Believe is of not, but the one in the tall headpiece is a LADYBOY. Soi Diana Inn.

LK Metro

LK Metro

LK Metro

Outside Killkenny, LK Metro

Lolitas, LK Metro

Mash Agogo, LK Metro

Noody Bar, LK Metro

Tim of Tim Beer Bar Agogo, Second Road

Outside a Seafood Restaurant, Walking Street, Pattaya

Beach Club, Soi 15

Near Whats Up, Soi 15

The Cavern Agogo, Walking Street

Sweetheart Agogo, Walking Street

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