Annual Royal Floating Lantern parade Loi Kratong honors Brahman gods
Colorful costumes bring joy to participants and celebrants alike during the annual Royal Floating Lantern (Loi Kratong) parade, a Brahman festival honoring the gods Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma. Chiang Mai, Thailand. 11th November 2011
In the past, we called Loi Krathong as Chong Pa Rieng- floating lantern of royal ceremony. It is a Brahman festival to worship Gods- Shiva, Vishnu, and Brahma. When Thai people adopted Buddhism, they adapted this ceremony to honor the Buddhas cremated bone- the original Buddha at the second heaven ruler. They floated lantern to worship the foot-print of the Buddha on Nammathanati River beach in India.
In modern day the Loi Krathong parade festival feels like the Thai equivalent to the Brazilian carnival, gorgeous women with amazingly detailed traditional dresses sit on wood carved thrones waving and smiling to the crouds. Gods and Goddesses perform thai ancient stories. Girl dances follow the Gods vehicles, each one with its own music and speaker who explains the story to the surrounding people.
This is the spectacle of the year and well appreciated from the local communities that participate with great joy.