Zack Apiratitham

Loy Krathong Festival 2012


Hi everybody!

So last week I went to a Thai festival called, Loy Krathong at a Thai temple here in Auburn. It's a festival that we celebrate every year. According to Wikipedia, the name's meaning could be translated to "Floating Crown" or "Floating Decoration."

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In Thailand, we celebrate this festival by floating these "Krathong" (Crown/Float/Decoration) on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in Thai lunar calendar. So it's someday in November. This year it is on the 28th of November.

Since I'm going to college here in USA, I didn't get a chance to celebrate this in Thailand (for 4 years in a row). So the Thai Student Association created an event for not only Thai student but for anyone who was interested to celebrate this tradition at a Thai temple.

Inside the temple Inside the temple

We went to this Thai temple called, Wat Washington Buddhawaram on Sunday last week. The temple hold a Loy Krathong event for anyone to join and learn our tradition, so there are a lot of Thai people as well as some Americans at the temple on that day. A lot of them brought food, some of brought their homemade Krathongs. For those who didn't make one, the temple was also selling their handmade Krathongs.

LKT-20121202-22 Delicious Thai Food

The food are just really good. Maybe that's also because I haven't had any Thai food in a while and I really miss how delicious Thai food is. So, yeah, I enjoy the food a lot.

Oh and we prayed too. It's been a long time since I attended the praying at the temple.

Then in the afternoon, it's the time for us to float our Krathongs, at the swamp nearby. Actually in Thailand, we float our Krathongs in the river at night. But since there's no river near the temple and the night in December would be so cold, we just did it at the swamp in the afternoon.

LKT-20121202-41 Out at the pond

My Krathong!! My Krathong!!

We came back to the campus in the late afternoon. It was a really fun event. I got to meet some other Thai people/students in the area, floated my Krathong, and most importantly, savored the deliciousness of homemade Thai food. Let's do it again next year!

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Until next time.