Cha-Am’s ‘Wats’ to Foster Traditional Thai Culture on Loy Krathong 2011

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Cha-Am’s ‘Wats’ to Foster Traditional Thai Culture on Loy Krathong 2011
Cha-Am’s ‘Wats’ to Foster Traditional Thai Culture on Loy Krathong 2011

By Sorravit

Every year on the full moon in November – the 12th month of the traditional Thai lunar calendar – takes place the Loy Krathong festival in which Thai people throughout the country float a sumptuously decorated lotus shaped Krathong in the river, canal for forgiveness and blessing from the water spirit. Many people believe that floating the Krathong symbolizes floating bad luck away to start over with prosperity.

This year, the Loy Krathong festival in Cha-Am will be joyful and solemn at the same time as it is held at two of the most well-known Buddhist temples in the city: Wat Cha-Am Khiri and Wat Neranchararam. The oldest Buddhist monastery of Cha-Am, Wat Cha-Am Khiri will organizes the Loy Krathong festival on November, 10 with Buddhist ceremony and traditional games as highlights in the morning. The floating of Krathong, cultural performances, music and open air movies are taking place in the evening. All activities are free of charge.

Located close to the Cha-Am beach, Wat Neranchararam, which organizes the Loy Krathong festival every year, will holding for 2 days celebration from November 9-10. The highlight of the festival, Add to be á la Thai retro style, is the evening activities on both days when visitors can experience nostalgic feel of Thai Loy Krathong festival in the old day and enjoy a beauty pageant of young Noppamas ladies, contest of Krathongs, retro Thai classical dance and open air movies. Floating of Krathong will be done at a pond inside the temple or on the beach.

Visitors and local people are welcomed to the Loy Krathong festival at the two venues.

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