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Wednesday, 28 November 2012

Loy Kratong 2012

It's the day to float the Kratong's again. In Thai ลอยกระทง. It's also the second time since moving to Thailand that I'm not in country to float a Kratong during Loy Kratong.

Loy Kratong 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 November.
Loi literally means 'to float,' while kratong refers to the lotus-shaped receptacle which can float on the water. Originally, the kratong was made of banana leaves or the layers of the trunk of a banana tree or a spider lily plant. A kratong contains food, betel nuts, flowers, joss sticks, candle and coins. Modern kratongs are more often made of bread or styrofoam. A bread kratong will disintegrate in a few a days and be eaten by fish and other animals.

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