Saturday, November 04, 2006

Loy Krathong

Today, I participated in the Loy Krathong festival together with my loving mum and sister in Chettawan Buddhist Temple at Jalan Gasing. Loy Krathong is a Thai water lantern festival celebrated on the full moon of the 12th lunar month of the Thai calendar. It is a day to pay homage to the Goddess of Water for providing seafood for the whole year and also to apologize for pollution caused to the water.

Mum + sis + me

My Mum, My Sis + Me

You might be curious on how I would have got myself involve in such a celebration. Well, I was there a week ago when a lady seating over the counter at the entrance of the main shrine has some decorative flower pieces with price tags of RM 10, 20 and 30. Being me, I asked what it was about and it was totally what I had in mind. I remembered hearing about this celebration when I was much younger and never had a chance to participate in it.

I asked for a RM10 float where I was given a ticket with the number 75 for me to proceed to a hall downstairs where there were shelves and shelves of the floats. There was a keeper which brought me to the section with floats of my purchased value where I was asked to select one of my choice pictured below. I took ownership by proudly sticking a flag with my name on it.

My Loy Krathong Float

My Loy Krathong Float

I arrived at the Temple at after enduring the heavy showers. I collected my lantern and proceed to a hall with a small raised platform in the front where there were eight throw pillows on it with a Buddha shrine on the left side. I took a seat on the matted floor and chatted away before the monks started to arrive and filled up the eight spots.

The chants began at approximately half past eight and lasted just a little bit above half an hour. The fun thing was I can understand the instructions as the monk was speaking Hokkien. I can’t confirm whether it was a Thai dialect with similarities to Hokkien or he was indeed speaking the language.

Me & my Lighted Float

After Lighting up the candle and joss sticks

The procession started later with a huge crowd walking towards a nearby lake passing through a housing area. This is where we release our lanterns into the water. It was certainly a beautiful sight to see hundreds of work of art floating randomly on the surface.

I left that night feeling contented and it was a symbolism of me sending away bad luck.

That’s all for now and let me see what event I will be crashing into next time.

Take care!!!

Benny Ong

1 comment:

hafizi said...

Benny, that hairdo totally shows that u are indeed BENNY BOY!!