These pictures were taken at Loy Kratong, a festival that takes over Thailand. Short definition:
"Apart from venerating the Buddha with light (the candle on the raft), the act of floating away the candle raft is symbolic of letting go of all one's grudges, anger and defilements, so that one can start life afresh on a better foot. People will also cut their fingernails and hair and add them to the raft as a symbol of letting go of the bad parts of oneself. Many Thai believe that floating a raft will bring good luck, and they do it to honor and thank the Goddess of Water, Phra Mae Khongkha".
We made Kratong's in my class on Thursday which was way more fun than I expected. Not a huge fan of doing art or being artistically creative but the one I made isn't half bad. My Thai teacher has some picture from class so I will post them when I get them.
No Bert Brandon post would be complete without some stolen pictures. These I think are from Chiang Mai where the festival is the biggest apparently. So if you decide to come to Thailand to check it out, head north.
Other than fun Thai festivals going on, got my room clean, doing my best on the maintenance aspect of it all. Tried going to a waterfall yesterday but drove right into some rain. Turned out well because we ended up eating by the river, excellent Thai food and the drive was fun. Did some Skyping, makes me feel happy and not that far from home. My mom is looking at buying a house in Ottawa so it would appear I will be spending May till Novemberish in Ottawa at Chez Mom. After that, I'm thinking going here:
Suggestions may be submitted.