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Parramatta's Loy Krathong Thai Water Festival 2014

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Get set for a magical evening on the river banks
Tranquil water, floating boats and produce reminds me of the floating markets in Damnoen Saduak in Thailand that I visited many years ago. Something similarly steeped in Thai culture is the Loy Krathong Thai Water Festival coming to Parramatta once again to carry away bad luck and bring good fortune to all for the coming year.

Loy Krathong Thai Water Festival

Loy means to float in Thai and a Krathong is a floating vessel usually made of banana leaves and decorated with flowers, a candle and incense sticks. At sunset on Parramatta River, between Church St and Wilde Ave, this ritual on the goddess of water will burn bright with hundreds of lotus-shaped boats and candles flickering. A magical sight to behold.

Lotus flower
The sacred lotus flower is a symbol for this festival with candles taking its shape

But that's not all. The sounds and flavours of Thailand will transport and mesmerise you in a variety of ways. There's plenty of delicious and tasty food stalls along the river banks with entertainment that includes roving performers, local and international Thai dancers and musical performances, Muay Thai boxing demonstrations and fire dancers.

Thai dancers
Thai dancers will entertain in traditional ways

Then there's also arts and crafts, exhibitions and interactive workshops that showcase the culture and tradition of our Asian neighbour. On offer is the chance to win a holiday for two to Thailand courtesy of Thai Airways.

Wait there's more. A spectacular waterfall and fireworks to close. So lots of colour and energy in this exotic evening.

Getting there is not hard with plenty of options from bus to train and the ferrycat. Car parking stations are also plentiful. For more information on this event and transport head to the council's website here.

Don't forget to make a wish by moonlight to rid away misfortune.
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Why? For an enchanted evening on the river
When: 22 Nov, 5pm-10pm
Phone: 02 8839 3398
Where: Between Lennox St & Elizabeth St bridges
Cost: Free to watch
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