Loy Krathong 2011
The actual date for Loy Krathong (float the raft) is on the full moon of the 12th month of Thai Lunar calendar, which falls on 10th November 2011.
Loy Krathong was original a festival celebrated in Thailand to pay respect to the spirit of water.
Thai people all over the whole will be making the floating ‘raft’ and drift it with lit candle on flowing streams or lake.
In Petaling Jaya, the festival is celebrated by the Thai Buddhist Chetawan Temple (Petaling Jaya).
By 9pm, the devotees will finish the prayer at the temple, and walk to the nearby Taman Jaya lake to release the lanterns or floats.
The materials used to construct the float could be quite creative. Due to the environmental consciousness, many bio-degrable materials were used.
Tonight, many Thai people who stay nearby come and celebrate this festival. The lake front was crowded with people and light.
Devotees can make donation to the temple and gotten the float blessed. It was believe by some that one can send away sickness and bad luck. So the devotees were pushing the float away as as far as possible.
Within a short time frame, part of the lake was filled with floating lanterns.
Soon, the flamable floats were getting too close to one another, and starting to catch fire.
What I saw was the HOPE and wishes sent out by the floats. With the century flood in Thailand now, I would like to send my blessing for the quick retreat of flood and let Thailand returns to normal.