Loy Krathong, also known as the 'Festival of Lights,' is a beautiful festival that falls in November after the Yee Peng Festival. This year it fell on the weekdays, making this pregnant lady not up for as much as usual as I would have to get up for work the next day. Basically, Loy Krathong is a festival where people release krathongs into the water while making a wish. Images that come to mind when I think of Loy Krathong include: khom loys, krathongs, fireworks, late nights, parties, parades, food, and people everywhere. These nights are full of fun and light.
Some brightly colored Krathongs made from ice-cream cones and bread!
They were all so pretty!
Some traditional and simple krathongs.
Here, people were crowding around to the edge of the river to release their krathongs. Check out the young boy and older man in the water. These two were helping to put the krathongs into the water nicely and were receiving payment for their help as people are fairly superstitious about the krathongs. Everyone wants their krathong to float out onto the water serenely and make it as far as possible.
Our traditional banana leaf krathong and many others on their journey down river.
The old lady who ended up helping us move our krathong out into the deeper water.
The temple down the street from our house that was all lit up with lanterns for Loy Krathong.
I'm so thankful for my wonderful husband who took me out on a night he'd rather be home, for letting me spend time getting the right shots, and for waiting patiently for me without complaining.