Thursday, November 25, 2010

Thai Festival- Loi Krathong in Australia

This was the first time I was surrounded by so many Thais ( except when I was in Thailand) in Australia. Thais, Thai food, Thai handicraft.... all were presented in the Loi Krathong Festival that was held in Parramatta River, Parramatta recently.

According to the organizer, Loi Krathong Festival is held exactly on the full moon night of the 12th lunar month. This is where the adults often take children to float a krathong on the river to apologize to and ask for a blessing from Phra Mae Khongkha, the Goddness of the River. Thais also believe that by doing so, they can float all theri suffering, sadness, disease and other bad things in the life down the river.

Besides floating the krathong, there was also Nang Nopphamas Beauty Contest that is a symbol of the Loi Krathong tradition.

Visitors were enjoying themselves with the food, performances and the view...

Krathong.... waiting to be floated

Full wiith people , not only Thais, but all races..... Indians, Chinese, Asians, Europeans...

Fresh flowers? Look closely... Actually, they are made from cloth.

Amazing work!!!

Another Thai handicraft made from plastic flowers

All those 'flowers' are made from fruit or vegetables!!! Great work by this lady!!! Bravo

This young man was busy colouring the small statue. Great demo to show the public the culture and handicraft of Thailand

More reviews in next blog.

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