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Assumption University Student Organization (AUSO), Assumption University of Thailand(AU) organized AU Loy Krathong 2021 on November 17, 2021 at Sala Chaturamuk Pijit, Suvarnabhumi Campus. The objective of Loy Krathong 2021 is to disseminate and to promote Thai culture and tradition among AU community members. Due to the prolonged impact of COVID - 19 pandemic in Thailand, the Loy Krathong festival was administrated under the new normal platform to ensure the utmost safety and memorable experience for its participants.

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Loy Krathong activities represent the cultural charms of the 4 regions of Thailand and the Thadingyut festival of Myanmar. There were Thai food booths for the 4 regions and 1 Myanmar food booth, as well as Thai traditional games, activities, and a krathong making workshop. There was also Thai classical dance from the Music Club and the AU International Student Community performed.

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Ms. Hasunah Lumbensa, Project Director gave a speech and Rev. Bro. Dr. Bancha Saenghiran, President - Rector Magnificus gave the opening speech and lead the AU Community in floating to Krathongs on the AU Lake. 

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First organized Loy Krathong Celebration @ABAC

ABAC Loy Krathong Celebration was firstly organized on October 31, 1982 at Dr.Choop Plaza, Hua Mak Campus, then known as Assumption Business Administration College (ABAC). In preserving and promoting this popular Thai tradition, ABAC President, Rev. Bro. Dr. Prathip M. Komolmas, presided at the event. Administrators, faculty members, staff, and students expressed their respect and thanks to the River Mother by floating the krathongs at the pond. Also a joyous tradition, live music by a string combo of ABAC students, Noppamas Queen and Krathong contests added fun and festivity to the event.

Loy Krathong Celebration at Suvarnabhumi Campus

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Loy Krathong Tradition

Loy Krathong Tradition is a ceremony to honor the Goddess of the river. In Thailand, it is annually held on the full moon day in November. Krathongs are small vessels or cups often made of cut banana stems, leaves containing flowers, candles and joss sticks. They are released into the rivers and left to float downstream. Upon releasing the Krathongs, people ask for forgiveness from the Goddess of the river for polluting her. It is one of the important religious customs in Thailand. During this period, at the end of the rainy season, most areas around the rivers and canals are flooded.

This occurrence sparked an old Thai popular saying: in the 11th lunar month there is flooding and in the 12th lunar month and the (stagnant) flood waters are retreating. This period is a time for rejoicing as the weather is changing for the better. The rainy season is more or less over and the winter or cool season is beginning. The moon is also at its brightest this time of the year. At present, Loy Krathong Tradition is a major celebration in Thailand.

Objectives

The objectives are various depending on different customs and beliefs.

  1. To pay homage to the Lord Buddha who descended from the second heaven (where Indra dwells) and where he preached a sermon to his royal mother (after staying in a Buddhist monastery during the Buddhist lent).
  2. To pay homage to the Lord Buddha's Foot Print on the bank of the Nammatha River in India.
  3. To pay homage to the heavenly Pagoda containing the Lord Buddha's top knot cut off at his self-ordination.
  4. To pay tribute to the senior disciple Upakut who found his recluse in the ocean (a belief inherited from Myanmar; the priest had supernatural powers in conquering the God of Evil).
  5. To pay homage to Narai Banthom Sin; Hindu God Vishnu, slumbering in the ocean.
  6. To pay homage to God Phaka Prom living in the third heaven.
  7. To worship the Goddess Mae Khongkha, the Mother of Water, asking for forgiveness for polluting her.
  8. To float one's sufferings away, this practice is similar to the Sin Floating Rite of Brahmin.
  9. To ask for blessing.
  10. To be reminded of the benevolence of the ancestors.

Loy Krathong Tradition: Expression of Gratitude

Thai people express their gratitude to the Goddess of Water for nourishing their lives by celebrating the Loy Krathong festival. However, depending on beliefs, the Loy Krathong festival is also celebrated to express gratitude to the Lord Buddha or paying homage to the ancestors. To make a long story shorter, it can be said that Loy Krathong Tradition is about expressing gratitude.

Values of Loy Krathong Tradition

  1. Family Value: relationships between family members are tightened as family members are celebrating together.
  2. Community Value: communities are more harmonious by joining in the Loy Krathong activities.
  3. Social Value: raising awareness in water resources conservation.
  4. Religious Value: Buddhist practices such as merit making, practicing dharma and listening to sermons are essential parts of Loy Krathong celebration; therefore, they contribute to strengthening religious beliefs.

Activities that should be promoted

  1. Clean up the rivers, both before and after Loy Krathong celebration.
  2. Perform good deeds, listen to sermons, and practice the dharma.
  3. Utilize local bio-degradable materials in making the Krathongs.
  4. Promote the proceedings of Krathong parade.
  5. Promote alternative activities such as a Krathong Contest, Hot-air Balloon Contest and others. Presently, the Noppamas Queen contest (The daughter of a Brahman priest and a lady at the Court of King Phra Ruang of Sukhothai, who developed a new style of lotus flower which were to be floated on the streaming waters at night to please the King) is a new, but indispensable feature.
  6. Release Krathong into the rivers.
  7. Release hot-air balloons (mainly practiced in the north).
  8. Fireworks are, however, discouraged in order to avoid hurting people or damaging properties.
  9. Participatory cultural activities in local communities.

Conclusion

Loy Krathong Tradition has been a part of the Thai culture and way of living for a long time. At the full moon night of the Thai twelfth lunar month (November), Thai people gather at the river banks and ask for blessings and forgiveness from the Goddess of the River by releasing the Krathongs. Thousands of candle lights released at the same time illuminate the river brilliantly and is an eerie but beautiful spectacle.

The traditional custom has become a major attraction for foreign tourists participating in the activities and enjoying Thai tradition and hospitality. However, we should not forget the real message of Loy Krathong : Gratitude to the River Goddess.

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