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I spoke to the monk at the temple. They had already scheduled the events throughout the year and it is subject to change. COVID-19 WATCH!
Due to COVID-19 situation: Please follow up on the actual date if they will do it at all this year.
Dear all 8,000 someting adventurers,
"Float The Troubles Away"
Welcome to the page of an open mind as this is the event of generosity, peace, cultural and traditional ceremonies along with the fun, entertainment and authentic food. There is nothing commercial though it is a public event since they do not advertise anywhere unless we call them to check or they send letters for each occasion. All people are welcome. Keep smiling and stay positive and everything will be fine.
Thai cultural festivals hold through the year. The temple mostly uses Sundays unless it is New Year's Eve or New Year's Day that they use the actual dates to celebrate. The significant concept is to "make merit" i.e. to do good things, "merit" i.e. beneficial and protective force which extends over a long period of time. "karma" i.e. deeds. You are already making merit the second you join and make your presence. It is good karma to be considerate of others.
Krathong is a Thai term which refers to a piece of banana trunk decorated with flowers, banana leaves, candle and incense sticks. The word Loy means to float in the Thai language. When put together, those two terms simply mean floating banana trunk festival. Modern krathongs are mostly made out of bread or Styrofoam. But Styrofoam krathongs are sometimes not allowed as they pollute the water and they are difficult to decompose. Bread Krathongs are more environmentally friendly as they are biodegradable and in most cases eaten by fish.
Why do Thai people want to float a krathong? There are many stories regarding how the festival originated. One of the versions is that Thai people have long been closely involved with rivers for ages as Thailand is an agriculture based country. This means rivers are like their own blood veins. And to show respect to the river, basically the goddess of the river called Pra Mae Khongkha, Thai people decided to make a Krathong to worship and ask for forgiveness. The Thais now also see it as a time to wave goodbye to misfortune, wash away sins of the past year, and make wishes for the coming year.
There is a wish that all the work and time put in to make all this happened, though I am not the organizer, will go noticed by those who will do what it takes to humbly go with the flow. It is a mystery on why people sign up and go missing without taking the time to update R.S.V.P. and think that they do nothing wrong, often times it is a habit of being inconsiderate of others. Organizers are not here for any damage control or bad behaviors, even by just a little.
Actually, GOOD DEEDS go "UNPUNISHED". Satu!
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.