Monday, November 20, 2006

Loy Krathong

Chet Katie Nel Krathongs in the classroom
Our Krathong in the hot tub

On November 5th it was the Thai holiday of Loy Krathong. Loy Krathong is celebrated on the first full moon in November. It follows the end of the rainy season in Thailand and is a time when the Thai people celebrate the gift of water. To do this they make or buy a Krathong (a small boat with a candle) and float them on the river or klong (canal) near their home. To celebrate this year we went to Chet's class and made Krathongs with them. Krathongs are usually made using banana leaves folded to resemble a lotus flower, this being the midwest where there are not a lot of banana trees we used paper. We also had to improvise in the classroom, and used a blue sheet to symbolize the klong. Later when we got home we lit our krathongs and floated them in our hot tub.

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