Only 2 months until the epic celebration of Loy Krathong, one of Thailand’s most breathtaking festivals. Sign up now for your chance to go on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure with us as we take you inside this amazing festival, and guide you through Thailands spectacular natural beauty, unique culture and profound spiritual offerings
The story behind the great Loy Krathong tradition:
In the Thai language, ’loy’ means to float, while ’krathong’ is a small container, traditionally made from a piece of banana-tree trunk, containing a candle, incense and flowers. The krathong floating on the water symbolizes one’s willingness to let go of hatred and anger. Loy Krathong is one of Thailand’s best-loved festivals, occurring at the November full moon to mark the end of the rainy season.
On the night of the festival, Thai people make a wish as they launch their krathongs on the rivers. Some people place hair and fingernails inside the krathong: by doing so, they want to float away their past mistakes and negative thoughts. It is a purification ceremony to enlighten the mind.
It is believed that the light festival originated with paying homage to the spirits of the rivers and thanking the water god for the rains.
According to King Mongkut (1804-1869), it used to be a Brahmanic festival later adopted by Buddhists to celebrate the Buddha. The candles pay homage to Buddha with the beauty and purity of light.
In the still of the night, there are lights everywhere. Before the celebration, there’s silence: monks are meditating, surrounded by flickering candles.
On the night of the festival, people gather around lakes and rivers to float their krathongs and make a wish. Candles floating on the night-river make this a feast for the eyes. The lights reflecting on the still waters of the river are like a reflection of your life: meditate, and immerse yourself in peace and serenity.
P.S. Check out latest photos from Wat Tamai, the temple where we are going to celebrate Loy Krathong. Check link in bio for more info.
TEMPLE TIMETABLE FOR THE WEEK AHEAD
Monday 24 September:
7pm - Week 4 of Mindfulness Course (for those who are already booked onto the course only)
Tuesday 25 September:
11am: Drop in meditation with Jo
6pm: Full Moon Assist the Deceased Dharma Rite
Come and light a candle on the altar for any loved ones who have passed, receive healing and listen to the beautiful chanting. **We will be live streaming this via our Facebook Page. If you are unable to attend but would like us to light a candle for your loved one, please email us before 7pm on Sunday at leigh_buddhist_community.com, giving us their full name. This is performed on a donation basis, so please go to Paypal and use email@example.com
to make your donation. ** 7pm: Mindfulness Improvers Class (for people who have previously taken the Mindfulness course)
Wednesday 26 September
10am: Drop-in Meditation with Jo
Thursday 27 September
11am: Hanmi Buddhist Healing with Frank (similar to reiki)
Saturday 28 September
11am: Drop-in Meditation with Jo
12:30pm - Children's meditation with Jo
1pm: Medicine Buddha Practice Group (for initiates only)
Sunday 29 September
11am: Hanmi Buddhist Healing with Jo (similar to reiki)
All are welcome without prejudice. Perfect for beginners and experienced alike.
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