Thursday, November 6, 2014

Loy loy loy krathong...the morning after

A beautiful full rainbow over the resort this Loy Krathong morning

Happy Loy Krathong 2014 from the land of smiles....more specifically from Chaiyaphum.  Its the morning after the big storm and the skies are clearing for Loy Krathong activities tonight.  Last night, we got the big rainstorm we expected and our property got a good drenching of rain.  We are still a bit short of water up here for the year so it was a nice storm to have to fill up the ponds and lakes in the area.  That means the fishermen and froggers are going out in the next few days to try their luck.  

B and her grandmother are going into town today to buy some frabric to make up some Loy Krathong outfits for the family.  She is also going to buy some sky lanterns for us launch tonight.  Its a tradition up here and its still legal.  With all the rain we've had, there is no worry that we will set anything on fire tonight...we are just hoping that the rains are going to be finished by later today.  We are going to launch our Krathongs on the pond across the resort and then launch our sky lanterns after that.

More tomorrow on tonight festivities.  Unlike in the big mango, Loy Krathong will be a family event and much more in the tradition of giving and getting blessings for a successful season ahead from the water goddess.  It also is supposed to symbolize the letting go of any anger, hatred, or other evil thoughts in order to purify one's mind and soul.  Whatever the reason, its a beautiful tradition to have and celebrate.

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