I love a parade, Loi Kratong.

by FieryTree on November 11, 2014 · 2 comments

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Last week wrapped up the beautiful Loi Kratong festivities here in Chiang Mai. The celebrations transformed the city into a huge outdoor festival that couldn’t be stopped with constant rain nor quieted, as fireworks sounded at all hours (even during the day). The streets were filled with tourists and locals alike taking part in this festival by launching kratongs in the waterways and jostling for a place to see the incredible parades.

Lanterns were also present and continued to decorate the night sky, being launched from all over the city. While not as concentrated as the Yii Peng, it was still incredible to see the dots of hundreds of lanterns creating a new constellation in the sky.

Below are sights from around the city in celebration of the Loi Kratong Festivities.

Lantern lighting ceremony at the Three Kings Monument – 

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The lantern lighting was a popular event and a collective ‘ohh’ sounded from the crowded as they were lit.

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Monks prepping for the festivities by hanging lanterns –

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Note the bamboo ladder and holding onto the lines (power? telephone?) for stability.

The beautifully decorated Wat Pan Tao

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Offerings made at the temples, the spirits reportedly prefer bright-colored drinks, especially red.

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Temple dog

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Monks chanting.

Kratong Launch

We’d gone to the kratong making workshop and then headed to the Ping River to join the crowds and release our kratongs.

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Congested river with kratongs and fallen lanterns.

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Boat seemed like a fun idea until we saw fireworks being shot at it.

Small Kratong Parade

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A bit of the crowd out for the festivities.

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Lanterns being launched in the crowd.

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Fiery tree! One of the many trees that caught a lantern.

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Beautiful kratong for sale.

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Lantern releases are not just for humans!

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The cat was only moderately amused to be the center of attention.

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Ferris wheel among the other carnival rides setup along the river.

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Happy or creepy, you decide.

Festivities Finale with the Big Kratong Parade

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This time the tree -AND- electrical wires caught the lantern which immediately caught on fire.

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Lanterns twinkling throughout the sky.

 Close to home – 

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Decorations in our neighborhood.

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Last lantern of the season.

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Lit fuse to fly the lantern away.

“Light tomorrow with today.” ~Elizabeth Barrett Browning

Connect with me in the comments –

Did you have a favorite image? Do you want to see this festival?

If you’re too busy, leave me a thumbs up or down!

Note: The festival is also sometimes spelled Loy Krathong.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Will S November 14, 2014 at 10:32 am

Wow! Your photography was really spectacularly good! Too consistently good to blame on “accidents”! So many gorgeous, artistic and interesting shots! That is Life or National Geographic level work, there! Out… standing!

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2 FieryTree November 19, 2014 at 12:04 am

Thank you Will! That means a lot to me! I would like to thank the academy and the designers of Lightroom. 😀

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