I buy a little boat in the shape of a duck from one of the many sellers in the park. There’s a long thin candle in it, and I light it up, cupping my hand around it to make sure the wind doesn’t blow it out as the flame settles itself. I make my way to a pier leading onto a small pond, and do it as my guide has explained it to me.
First, I apologies to the water for what I am about to do, for the fact that I am about to make it dirty with my little duck boat. Then I make a wish, and after placing it on the water, I give it a gentle push so that it’s able to float away. This is the festival of lights in Thailand. Though everyone knows the version which is held in Chiang Mai (Yi Peng) and which features floating lanterns which are released in their hundreds in the air, everywhere else in Thailand the traditional way to do it is like this, with small or more elaborate floating vessels lit up and left to float on water.
Below is a collection of images I took during this year’s festival of lights in Sukhothai (Loy Krathong). The festival was held in the historical park. Even if you’re in Sukhothai outside of the festival, the park is home to a night market, and is beautiful during the day, but more on that in my next post.
Those are not stars…they are floating lanterns.
Thai sausage stand – Sausages are a mix of rice and pork, and come in spicy and standard
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-Text and Photography by Denise @www.theartofslowtravel.com. All rights reserved.