MATCHA: Thai River Festival | October 29, 2009
Loi Krathong—Thailand's annual river festival of lights—includes the ethereal practice of floating offerings along waterways, usually performed on a full moon night. A banana-leaf cup drifting down the stream carries away ill-fortune, honors the River Goddess, and symbolizes wishes for good luck.

Join us at MATCHA for our own Loi Krathong celebration! See classical dance and live ensemble music by the Thai Cultural Center, enjoy a rare puppet performance by the Mandalay Marionettes Theatre (from Burma), create a river offering (in Thailand they're traditionally floated down waterways), learn about the mythical Thai Bird people, sample the vibrant flavors of Burmese Tea Leaf Salad, engage in docent conversations, stroll the galleries, sip cocktails from the cash bar, mingle with friends, and step into Emerald Cities—a luminous exhibition of stunning artworks from 19th-century Siam and Burma.
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