The ceremony is celebrated as a way to ask for forgiveness from the water that we have used and polluted during the year. We also wish for happiness and success for the coming year and think about the generations that have gone before us. Everyone who puts a hair or piece of a nail in the same Krathong are believed to be reborn together in the next life so the Krathongs have many deeper meanings than just their beauty.
We made our Krathongs at school and then went to Lanta Old Town to put them into the sea. Lanta Old Town has the biggest official celebrations on Lanta and this includes a contest for the most beautiful Krathong. This year LILS entered this contest with a Krathong made by the staff. They were awarded second place.
Our teacher Bow entered Lanta's version of the traditional Loy Krathong Beauty Contests that are a part of the celebrations all around Thailand. She did a great performance (in the drizzling rain) but did not end up as one of the top three contestants.