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Thai people setting their candle-lit krathongs in the Ping river at night during Loy Krathong 2015-91 | by John Shedrick
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Thai people setting their candle-lit krathongs in the Ping river at night during Loy Krathong 2015-91

A krathong is small container or basket made of banana leaves, adorned with flowers, incense and candles. Loy Krathong means “to float a basket” which is what many people do during the festival on one of the three days.

The Thais see this as a time to wave goodbye to misfortune, wash away sins of the past year, and make wishes for the coming year. Often people will say a prayer before launching the krathong.

For the romantic at heart or young couples, Loi Krathong is the time to make a wish for happiness together. watching the route that a krathong takes is a popular way for couples to predict what the future holds for their relationship.

As a photographer, I was lucky to have access to a good vantage point to photograph people performing this yearly ritual.

I tried to capture the spirit of the event.

 

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Taken on November 25, 2015