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Loy Krathong in Chiang Mai

We had the good fortune to celebrate the Loy Krathong festival in two locations; Sukhothai celebrates for three days beginning two days prior to the actual day of the holiday, and Chiang Mai begins a three day celebration on the holiday itself. So after participating in the culminating events of Sukhothai’s celebration, we head north to Chiang Mai by bus the next morning for the second day of its big party. Below are some snapshots of the parade, the release of krathong sawan, and my own humble krathong, which, with Charlie’s, we managed to release into the river. It was oddly satisfying, not as exhilarating as releasing the krathong sawan into the air and watching it waft upward, but deeply, even fundamentally appealing.

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Posted by aethelraed 17:32

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Fascinating, but not surprising, that there is a visceral-leading-to-spiritual distinction between water and air/space/heaven. As primal as anything we experience, but I wonder if this is Western cultural influences at play as well. Do your hosts make this distinction as well? L, M

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