Wat Buddharangsi of Miami
Loy Krathong is one of the most colorful festivals in Thailand. It began in the Sukhothai period (over 700 years ago) and is still widely celebrated in the twelfth Lunar month (which normally falls in November) on the full moon night. The word “ Loy” means “to float” and “Krathong” is a lotus-shaped floater made of banana leaves. The Krathong usually contains a candle, three incense sticks, some flowers and coins. The history of Loy Krathong Festival is of Brahmin origin. On this occasion we, 1) offer thanks to the Goddess of the river which is our source of life, 2) ask for forgiveness from the Goddess of the river for having used and made the rivers dirty, 3) offer flowers, candles and incense sticks as a tribute to the Holy Footprint of the Buddha, 4) to wash away the previous year’s misfortunes, and 5) to wish for a happy and healthy new year. To continue the tradition of Loy Krathong Festival, Wat Buddharangsi invites you and your family to join us in the Loy Krathong ceremony and Thai Food festival activities at the temple on Thursday November 28, 2019. The schedule is as follows::
Thursday, November 28, 2019
10:00 a.m. Morning chanting, monks and all participants observe the Dhamma and the five percepts, followed by the offering alms to the monks
11:00 a.m. offering of lunch to the monks
11:30 a.m. Stage performance, live music
02:00 p.m. Loy Krathong Ceremony
04:00 p.m. End stage programs
06:00 p.m. Evening chanting by monks and public
The highlight of this year's festival beside the Loy Krathong ceremony, live Thai and American music, stage performance show and also authentic Thai cuisine & desserts sponsored by members of the temple and local Thai restaurants in the area.
Everyone is invited to join and to take part and share the joy and happiness of the community. As always, we wish you and your family to have good health, happiness and prosperity on this special occasion the end of the Lunar year.