|People releasing their boats on the river at Tat Luang temple - you can pay a small child to release it for you and ensure it gets out into the flow of the river for just 5000 kip (falang price - I heard 1000 quoted to a local....)|
The day before the Full Moon we made our boats at my work, with the help of one of my wonderful colleagues - she rolled her eyes and giggled at our poor attempts and when we went to pick them up on the Wednesday night she had made the time to decorate our boats with flowers (on her own time, during a public holiday I might add!)
The boats are made from banana leaves and bananas stems (which float incredibly well!) A certain amount of oragami, staples and pins finish the gorgeous little boats.
|My own personal "Kratong"|
Gavin and I released two boats together (one discarded with roses and sparklers that Gavin found on the road - he really knows how to spoil me with discarded goods!) and also released what some Lao were calling a "Spirit Orb" - the lantern. So - here's to the worries of last year behind us and the promise of the future ahead - I have a feeling it's going to be a good one!