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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.