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The Loy Krathong Thai Water Festival was definitely the place to be in Parramatta on Saturday night. The Parramatta River bank was adorned traditional Thai celebration decor and hundreds to a few thousands people wanting to take part in the Loy Krathong Thai Water Festival. As the Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Cr John Chedid explained, Loy Krathong is traditionally celebrated on the full moon night of the twelfth lunar month, which is usually in early November.
Being my first time at the event, I was really surprised to see how many people attended the event and how well organised it was. People used this celebration to bring their families together; couples sitting on a picnic blanket with a glass of wine, generations of families lining up with their lotus leaf offerings and passers by curious by the sounds and delicious smell of the Thai culture and cuisine.
Festival Girl Highlights:
A beautiful example of a Thai beauty entrant
This reminds me of one of my best friends is Cambodian, she used to have to dress in similar cultural costumes. I used love when she showed me her costumes; I love to stare at all the adornments including the gold dress jewellery, the girls look so perfect in the flesh.
Beautiful Thai silk sari's amongst the darkening sky
The Lord Mayor of Parramatta, Cr John Chedid opened the Thai Water Festival - See the video here
Here are the Krathong's that people created before they were ceremonially lit and placed in the river
A adorable little girl dressed in traditional Thai wear holding an offering
As sunset set, the burning offerings moved gently down the stream
I just wanted to go up and touch; made of ribbons and other craft findings creates the most beautiful pieces of paper architecture. Amazing.
Some festival Fun with oversized head caricatures
Welcome to the Thai Village, were tasty Thai treats lie
The buzz was definitely at the Thai food village
If you love fruit carving (like I do) see my fruit carving post. These works of art are so inspiring in person and amazing the talent involved making these look so good.
More ribbon sculptures - the level of skill and detail put into each one of these offerings is mesmerising
Easily my favourite image of the night - I believe these are larger Krathong's.
More floral and ribbon offerings
This stall offered the most beautiful hand made Thai parasols - I loved this floral themed one
The customers name is painted by hand making this a special gift for those who appreciate all things handmade (me)
Kite and mask makers stall - I love all aspects of the theatre and the sense of theatricality and drama of it all. of course, everything is handmade - yay
Can you believe this giant head mask nearly escaped my line of sight - Gotcha
Toward the end of the night, traditional Thai dancers entertained us with their skilled and culturally significant dances.
Years and years and practise are required to become accomplished dancers.
Love this image - thousands of years of traditions meets the mobile era. There is something so interesting when I see a monk on a mobile or a nun using a laptop.
Festival Girl Low lights:
Trying to find PARKING in Parramatta 10 minutes before the sunset ceremony! I must be crazy and maybe the lack of seats (although plenty of lawn space was available) but I'm more concerned about the adorable Thai grandparents that were looking for a place to have a seat.
Here are the details:
Sat 13 Nov
Banks of the Parramatta River between Wilde Street and Lennox Bridges