Loy Krathong, a special Thai holiday, takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th lunar month, which happens to be tomorrow. It is a way to give thanks to the river goddess, apologize to her for polluting the rivers, and also to let go of things in our life by sending them down the river in a krathong. I bought our three krathongs today at school, and they are made of banana leaves, bamboo, orchids and marigolds. Stuck in the top is a candle and a few incense sticks. They are gorgeous.
Lucky for us, our neighborhood is on a lake, so we can take a short walk to light our candles and incense and send our krathongs out to join the many others that will float in the water tomorrow night.
Even luckier for me personally is that tomorrow is the eve of my 40th birthday. I so love the beginning of a decade--it feels so full of promise, and 40 just sounds so strong and cool to my ears. Having Loy Krathong fall on this special day is icing on the birthday cake.
As always, a dose of sweetness.