Paper-made Balloons at Loy Krathong Festival


Today’s Daily Cool photo features Paper-made Balloons at the Loy Krathong Festival in Thailand. During this festival at night time, Thais float lanterns to the sky and float candles on the lotus-shaped basket into the rivers, hoping their bad luck will drift away. This festival is celebrated annually throughout Thailand and certain parts of Laos and Burma (in South East Asia).

Loy Krathong Festival 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 the month of November. Government offices, corporations and other organizations bring large decorated krathongs to the party and there are competitions for the best such krathong.

A beauty contest is a regular feature and fireworks have become common in recent years.  Loi means ‘to float’, while krathong refers to the usually lotus-shaped container which floats on the water. Krathong has no other meaning in Thai besides decorative floats, so Loi Krathong is very hard to translate, requiring a word describing what a Krathong looks like such as Floating CrownFloating BoatFloating Decoration. Maybe I should check this out one year…

This stunning photo was taken Vincent Thian at this year’s festival and published by the Associated Press.

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What do you think of Loy Krathong Festival? Do you want to go check it out or do you feel like avoiding it? Leave a comment and let me know. If you’ve enjoyed this South East Asian insight, feel free to share this article with your friends on Facebook and Twitter. Remember: Sharing is Caring.

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