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Loy Kra-thong day 1/5
Rum Klong-yao : Thai Tomtom dance,one of a Thai classical dance.
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Loy Kra-thong day 1/5
Rum Klong-yao : Thai Tomtom dance,one of a Thai classical dance.

Loy Krathong Festival **(Information from: "Essays on Cultural Thailand" by Office of the National Culture Commission)**

One of the most popular festivals in early November is the Loy Krathong Festival. It takes place at a time when the weather is fine as the rainy season is over and there is a high water level all over the country.
"Loy" means "to float" and a "Krathong" is a "lotus-shaped vessel made of banana leaves". The Krathong usually containts a candle, three joss-sticks, some flower and coins.
In fact, the festival is of Brahmin origin in which people offer thanks to the Goddess of the water. Thus, by moonlight, people light the candles and joss-sticks, make a wish and launch their Krathongs on canals, rivers or even small ponds. It is belived that the Krathong carry away sins and bad luck, and the wishes that have been made fir the new year due to start. Indeed, it is the time to be joyful and happy as the sufferings are floated away.
The festival starts in the evening when there is full moon in the sky. People of all walks of life carry their Krathongs to the nearby rivers. After lighting candles and joss-sticks and making a wish, they gently place the Krathongs on the water and let them drift away till they go out of sight.
A Beautiful Queen Contest is an important part of the festival and for this occasion it is called "The Noppamas Queen Contest". Noppamas is a legendary figure from the Sukhotthai period. Old documents refer to her as the chief royal consort of a Sukhothai King named "Lithai". Noppamas was said to have made the first decorated Krathong to float in the river on the occasion.
In Bangkok, major establishments such as leading hotels and amusement parks organise their Loy Krathong Festival and the Krathong contest as major annual function.
For visitors to Thailand. the Loy Krathong Festival is and occasion not to be missed. The festival is listed in the tourist calendar. Everyone is invited to take part and share the joy and happiness

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Nov 17 2005 09:16 GMT ranita
Very good shot!!

Nov 17 2005 09:20 GMT cmp
Nov 17 2005 09:40 GMT Kriszti
the leader is a girl!! Nice to see these young kids perform..must be good :))
Nov 17 2005 10:38 GMT Pinklaine
Wow!!! Very colorful costumes my friend!!! Very nice place too! see you around and take care!:o)
Nov 17 2005 10:53 GMT Minz PRO
Lovely photo and information.
Nov 17 2005 11:17 GMT cmp
Nov 17 2005 11:34 GMT Riet
Fantastic all you have shown and told us!
Nov 17 2005 11:48 GMT ferrariwalter
Such a lovely tradition certainly creates a tie of friendship! :):)
Nov 17 2005 13:31 GMT bm4
Nov 17 2005 16:28 GMT maiylah
thanks for sharing, Poulet..
another great series! :))
Nov 17 2005 16:40 GMT Prikthai
so nice series. thank you. I`m homesickness. :-)
Nov 17 2005 17:52 GMT beedabee
very nice series .. thx for sharing us your traditions.
Nov 17 2005 20:44 GMT latif
lovely traditions
Nov 18 2005 00:48 GMT aquiles PRO
(I think i saw those two builings (new and old) before, from a previous picture, taken for you from a very interesting perspective ).

beautiful colourful traditional dresses and movements. I wish I could hear the music as well !
Nov 18 2005 06:42 GMT will
They are so cute!! By the way Poulet, do u realize that this is your 365th photo? One for each day of the year...!!
Nov 18 2005 07:05 GMT Poulet PRO
Thank you so much, Will!! for remined me that this is my 365photo!!!....I didn't realized until u told me!!!! ....... HURRAH!!!

Aquiles : Yes, it was in my Benchasiri Park series. I went to Loy Kra-thong there too! wow! u have great memory :))
Nov 18 2005 08:04 GMT DGM
Cute children!!
Nov 18 2005 12:08 GMT Poulet PRO
Thanks for all kind comments ! :))