The Centre for Thai Language and Culture of WA is proudly presenting the annual Loy Krathong Festival on Sunday 17th November at Ozone Reserve in the City of Perth. Entry is FREE and all are welcome to come along and enjoy the fun-festivities from 3.30pm.
Loy Krathong takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar. "Loy" means "to float" and "Krathong" is a raft, traditionally made from a section of a banana tree trunk, decorated with elaborately folded banana leaves, flowers, candles, and incense sticks.
The upcoming Perth celebration will take over Ozone Reserve and during the afternoon, guests will be treated to a jam-packed program of cultural entertainment, delicious regional dishes, fun demonstrations and the chance to release a small raft on Lake Vasto.
Look forward to crowning of Miss Noppamaht 2019, Thai singing and dancing performances, Muay Thai (Thai boxing) demonstrations, wondrous fruit and vegetable carving, a spectacular kite display and rides and other amusements for young children.
There will be a wide range Thai food favourites to tuck into during the evening and the event will conclude with the floating of candle-lit krathongs on Lake Vasto at dusk.
The act of floating the raft is symbolic of letting go of one's disappointments, so that one can make a new start. Couples may want to pledge their love by floating a krathong together as well! Many Thai people believe that floating a krathong will create good luck, and they do it to honour the Goddess of Water, Phra Mae Khongkha.
If you would like to take part in this custom, you can purchase a krathong at the event.
Loy Krathong is is a significant cultural marker for the Thai community of Perth and Western Australia, so come along with your family and friends and enjoy the many 'Tastes of Thailand'! Entry is from Plain Street and there is ample street parking along Terrace Road. City of Perth car parks are located at Plain Street, Point Fraser, Nelson Crescent and Terrace Road.
For all the latest on what's on and to plan your visit, please see the Facebook Event.