Lantern Party

We attended a Loi Kratong party hosted by a friend of a friend. Kratongs are small floating offerings that the Thai people present during the festival of Loi Kratong. We made ours in the traditional way, from banana tree trunks, banana leaves, flowers, and candles. But there the similarities ended. Devout Thais will place coins, fingernail clippings, hair clippings, and other offerings to the gods of the rivers, asking the river gods for protection and favor. Then they will float their offerings off down the river, canal, or other body of water. We wrote out bible verses and prayers for the Thai people, shared them, placed them on the kratongs, then floated them on a fountain in our hosts’ yard. Once all the kratongs were floating, we prayed again that the Thai people will come to know the one true God.

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The kratong that Ellie, Lisa, and another party guest made.

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Ellie chose our verse: John 3:16. After she read it the candle was lit and we placed the kratong on the water.

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After floating the kratongs and praying, we also sent up khom loi (balloon lanterns).

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