Loi Krathong Festival in Bangkok

Loi Krathong is a festival of floating lanterns set adrift on the rivers of Thailand. Last November I was in Bangkok and watched them make up variations of these lanterns.

Lantern bases are traditionally made from slices of the trunk of the banana palm. The banana trunk cores float well plus they have the advantage of being organic, therefore so much better for the river than the styrofoam bases which were popular for a while.Loi Krathong Lantern Base Made from Slices of Banana Stem, BangkokBanana leaves are decoratively folded in the shape of a lotus flower around the banana stem core.
Loi Krathong Lantern Base Made from the Core of Banana Stem A finished lotus lantern.
Lanterns in the Shape of a Lotus at  Loi Krathong in BangkokAnother floating lantern.Floating Lantern for Loi Krathong in Bangkok Another traditional organic floating lantern are these rather lumpy bread ‘lotuses’. The bread has the advantage of being soon gobbled by the huge fish that inhabit the river.
Floating Bread Lanterns in the Shape of a Lotus at  Loi Krathong in Bangkok Sadly, most of the floating lanterns were swamped by passing boats.
the floating lanterns swamped by passing boatsWe got stuck out in our ferry on the water, but that was probably the best place to watch the festival.Boat on the Chao Phraya River during Loi Krathong in BangkokWe witnessed the launch of a small floating lantern from our ferry.
a small floating lantern launch from our ferry during Loi KrathongIlluminated boats floated by, and being out on the river we had a fabulous view.
Illuminated Boat Going Down the Chao Phraya River during Bangkok's Loi Krathong Boat Decorated for Loi Krathong on Bangkok's Chao Phraya River Some recipes from a Loi Krathong Festival in Vancouver : https://albatz.wordpress.com/2012/11/29/pad-thai-and-penang-kai-recipes/

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