Loi Krathong 2011

Every year Thai people pay their respects to the goddess of water during the floating festival called Loi Krathong, and this year the Udonthani provincial government and municipality commissioned Bangkok-based Apostrophy’s to design and float a giant lotus on floodwaters.  All images courtesy Apostrophy’s

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Made of wire and fabric – on which kaleidoscopic images were projected – this beautiful project offered a colorful respite from the terrible floods.

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Loi Krathong takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar. In the western calendar this usually falls in November.

Loi literally means ‘to float,’ while krathong refers to the lotus-shaped receptacle which can float on the water. Originally, the krathong was made of banana leaves or the layers of the trunk of a banana tree or a spider lily plant. A krathong contains food, betel nuts, flowers, joss sticks, candle and coins.



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The traditional banana stalk krathongs are also biodegradable, but styrofoam krathongs are frowned on, since they are polluting and may take years to disappear.

 

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Bangkok-based Apostrophy’s