Loi Krathong Festival

Back on Koh Chang.  Though I was planning on heading back to the mainland for the Cambodian border, Phil and Serena convinced me to stay for the full moon party.  Since I hadn’t been to one I figured it wouldn’t hurt and though I realized that my visa had expired, the full moon party was something I had to stay for.  The night of the full moon party also happened to be the annual night of Loi Krathong (translates to “Floating Decoration”). The decorations are made out of lotus-shaped containers created by weaving banana leaves together in a particular way, and adding in incense, flowers, and candles that are lit up before setting them free in the water.  The purpose of this ceremony is to pay respects to the water spirits during the full moon, and has long been a Buddhist tradition in Thailand. This is a photo of my decoration.


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