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Thailand holds festival of lights in town

The Saigon Times

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HCMC – Thailand’s festival of lights Loy Krathong took place in HCMC on the evening of November 24.

The event was organized by the Thai Chamber of Commerce and Industry in Vietnam, and attended by Thai nationals and businesses in Vietnam.

Deputy Consul General Jakrit Ruangkajorn gives opening remarks

Festival-goers had an opportunity to immerse themselves in various Thai products, food and drinks, music and traditional dances. Adding to the excitement, attendees engaged in a lucky draw.

Attendees take part in a lucky draw and receive presents

In addition,  the Noppamas contest took place during the event. Participants in this contest sang and danced.

One of the contestants in the Noppamas contest

Especially, the festival witnessed a captivating display as attendants came to gather to release krathong (floating lanterns) crafted from coconut shells adorned with candles, incense, and flowers onto the water.

Krathong (floating lanterns) is crafted from coconut shells adorned with candles, incense, and flowers
Festival-goers come together to pick their own krathong to release onto the water
An attendee lights up incense in a krathong
One of the earliest krathong launches
Releasing krathong is a way of letting go of any negativity or bad luck
This gesture is also believed to pay homage to the Goddess of Water

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