Let me begin with saying that I love Thai holidays.
Like anywhere else in the world, the best holidays are the ones when you get a day off from work. Assuming this isn’t the case with all holidays, the next best are the ones in which lessons are put to the side and a cultural celebration at school is the focus. Like Loi Krathong.
Literally translated, loi means ‘to float’ and krathong is the object (generally shaped like a lotus flower) used to float away bad spirits (anger, resentment, grudges, etc). The idea is that by letting go of all of this negative energy, you can start life afresh. Why a 3-year-old would need to start life afresh I have no idea, but last Thursday my K1 Watermelon kids came dressed in traditional Thai costumes with makeup on and krathongs in tow.
After a 90-minute morning assembly left the kids stressed and undeniably itchy due to their stiff polyester costumes, they were still excited about the prospect of floating their krathongs in the baby pool set up in the kindergarten play area.
Later that night, the kids would join their families near any major body of water on the island to set adrift their lit krathongs. Morgan, Will and Greta and I would head over to Saphan Hin in Phuket Town to do the same…. along with over 1,000 other people.
Also common on Loi Krathong is to look up into the sky to see it filled not with stars, but with hundreds of paper lanterns – like the scene from Disney’s Tangled. So what did we do?
…Followed the trail of lanterns down to Nai Harn Beach and released our own.
Happy Loi Krathong!