Yesterday was the annual Loy Kratong festival held at the Buddhapadipa temple in Wimbledon. Unfortunately I was not able to enjoy the family fun this year. I’ve always been involved with the festivals at the temple ever since I was a little girl. This may have been the first time I’ve ever missed a festival at the temple and it did feel a bit strange. As most of you know, I’m usually involved with Thai dancing on stage as part of the days entertainment, but since having my children, I have taken a break from physically dancing but still help where I can backstage so I’m still present at the festivals.
This festival usually occurs on the night of the twelfth lunar month (usually November) when the moon is full and lights up the sky. It’s a way for Thai people to say thanks to the water goddess as the rainy season comes to an end. Kratongs are small water floats that usually contain 3 incense sticks, a candle, flowers and sometimes a coin. They are usually made from banana leaves and decorated with flowers. The the candle and insence sticks are lit and a prayer/wish is said before releasing it to float away in a canal/lake.
This would’ve been a lovely family day but we stayed away as Ella had a cold and the thought of being out doors for most of the day with her cold lost its appeal. In staying away and in the warmth at my parents house, I somehow still managed to catch a cold myself. I woke up this morning with the feeling of a cactus stuck in my throat, my voice sounding weird, a runny nose and my head is a little heavy. 🤦🏽♀️
Strepsils and warm water for the rest of the day for me! 🤒