Waterways throughout Thailand were covered with candle light on Wednesday (30 October) for Loy Krathong -- the annual festival of the full moon.
GV ZOOM TO Golden mountain temple at night
GV Crowds line river bank
SV Familios arrive carrying krathongs
Families light candles on krathongs
SV Families place krathongs into river
CU krathongs floating
GV Boat with boys and girls playing drums (2 shots)
GV Boys jumping into water as krathongs float away (2 shots)
CU Family light candles on kathrong (2 shots)
SV Queen of Loy Krathong places her Krathong into swimming pool at Siam Intercontinental hotel
SV Guests from hotel carry Krathong to swimming pool
SV Guests place Krathong into water (2 shots)
GV Fireworks along river banks (3 shots)
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Background: 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.