• Short Summary

    Waterways throughout Thailand were covered with candle light on Wednesday (30 October) for Loy Krathong -- the annual festival of the full moon.

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    Waterways throughout Thailand were covered with candle light on Wednesday (30 October) for Loy Krathong -- the annual festival of the full moon.

    The festival is held in the twelfth lunar month of the year and is a time for the thais to wish for better luck.

    the festival dates back hundred of years to the Sukhothai period when it's thought ladies-in-waiting at the Royal Court floated lanterns in the shape of lotus blossoms on rivers and waterways in homage to Buddha.

    The lanterns -- known as krathongs -- are launched in their thousands on any public waterway. They vary from simple shapes with a candle attached, to ornate models carrying joss-sticks, flowers and coins.

    In Bangkok, the main festival takes place at the Dusit zoo embankment of the Chao Phvaya river and in Lumpini Park. But smaller ceremonies are held throughout the city with the bigger hotels using their swimming pools to float krathongs.

    The festivities usually end with firework displays.

    SYNOPSIS: Bangkok's Hotel Siam International stages an elaborate party to celebrate Loy Krathong. Krathongs were floated in the swimming pool and on the hotel's private canal. The highlight of the night was a firework display, which coincided with other displays throughout the city.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAD9CUYOZW6YCTQ75AMPFOQXE93
    Media URN:
    VLVAD9CUYOZW6YCTQ75AMPFOQXE93
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/11/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:04:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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