Loi Kratong Festival
Trip Start Jun 09, 2005
105Trip End Jun 08, 2006
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We see stalls lining the bustling river banks selling kratongs, which are made out of a thin cross section of banana-tree trunk. These are decorated with banana leaves folded skillfully to form a flower-shape and colourful orchids; to this floating base candles and incense sticks are added. We see people bringing these to the river and praying as the little burning vessel floats downstream. The kratong moving away in the river symbolises bad luck floating away.
At nightfall Rachel is puzzled to see bright red stars in the sky, but it only takes a moment before we realise that these are lantern hot air balloons floating up into the night sky
We look around us and see the sky is full of wishes borne on hot air, filling the sky with bright new glowing constellations.
In town, the streets by the river are packed with people selling lanterns, kratongs, and all kinds of street food. We see a carnival moving through one streets with lots of beautiful Thai people dressed up in flamboyant costumes. A group in the procession are playing drums, gongs, and cymbals noisily. Amidst the people there are floats with pretty thai girls sitting like candles in the midst of giant floodlit kratongs.
As evening goes on people start to let of fireworks everywhere. We walk across one of the bridges looking at the kratongs on the river below and trying to dodge firecrackers being set of everywhere.
Its a noisy but spectacular night in Chain Mai.