Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Happy Loy Krathong 2012/2555

Loy Krathong at the Dusit Zoo

Where I sit this morning it's Wednesday, November 28th - but in Thailand it's already late in the evening, and many of the traditional Loy Krathong festivities will be winding down.

The full moon of this 12th month of the lunar calendar is now  high in the skies of Thailand as cold rain begins to sweep over California.

The weather reports are showing some areas may be getting rained on in Bangkok and other regions of Thailand, too, but it's bound to be warmer, and I'd much rather be there.

It's been a while since I was able to participate in the Loy Krathong festival(s) in Thailand, but it's nice to think that some things continue, despite the march of time and what sometimes passes for social progress.

We've covered Loy Krathong a couple of times before (in both 2010 and 2011, if you want to look) so I won't drag you through the history of it again, but you won't have any trouble doing a search for it; Wikipedia has a nice page, in English, anyway.

Krathong for sale in Bangkok

Wherever you are on this big blue marble I hope you'll consider taking a moment to reflect on how we're using/abusing the finite resources available to us here, and perhaps join in with the Thai (and myself) in making both an amends and a wish that we'll do better in the year ahead.

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