boom, boom. it’s a festivus.

it’s loy krathong.  yesterday, nov. 2, was officially the day, but why limit it to just one day when you can start a week early and end it who knows when??  officially they spread it out over two days.  yesterday was the loy khratong lék (lék = little).  tonight is loy khratong yài(yài = big)  i’m a little concerned because if last night was lék, i can’t fathom what yài will be.

for the past week the crackles and booms of fireworks have kept us up late into the night.  the past two nights they’ve kept us up until the wee hours of the morning.  the last one i heard was at 4:30 this am.  that’s when i passed out.  but when the alarm went of at 6a – the first thing i heard was pop.  only louder.  we’ve roamed down to the river to enjoy the fun.  we’ve shot off a few fireworks ourselves.  and we’ve witnessed the kom loys bumping into peoples heads when they’ve been released too soon.  (luckily it only left a bit of singed hair, it could have been much, much worse.)  it is quite the celebration.  huge, loud, overwhelming and dangerous.  we’ll head out again tonight.  hopefully, i’ll get some better pics.  for now, here’s some pics from the past few nights.  and the lyrics to the official loy krathong song.




Loy Krathong’s lyrics
November full moon shines,
Loi Krathong, Loi Krathong,
and the water’s high
in the river and local klong,

Loi Loi Krathong,
Loi Loi Krathong,
Loi Krathong is here and everybody’s full of cheer,

We’re together at the klong,
We’re together at the klong,

Each one with this krathong,
As we push away we pray,
We can see a better day.

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