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Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Loy Krathong Thai Festival (Parramatta) - 19th of November 2011

Loy Krathong Water FestivalLoy Krathong is traditionally celebrated on the full moon night of the twelfth lunar month, which usually occurs in early November. "Loy" means "to float" and "Krathong" refers to a lotus-shaped vessel made of banana leaves. On the night of Loy Krathong and as a thank-you offering to Ganga (Goddess of Water), people light candles and joss-sticks in their krathong, make a wish and launch their krathongs on canals or rivers. It is believed that the krathongs will carry away past sins and misfortune and herald in a more joyful new year.

Loy Krathong is widely celebrated in Thailand and on 19th November 2011, Parramatta City is bringing the Loy Krathong Festival to Sydney. Parramatta River will be transformed into a visually stunning waterscape with hundreds of floating krathongs at sunset! Don't miss out on the chance to make your own krathong to float on Parramatta river and launch your wishes for the coming new year!

You can also experience other Thai traditions at this Festival like taste delicious Thai food & desserts, enjoy Thai performances like the Thai Classical Mask Dance, relax with the beautiful music of the Thai orchestra Oa’T and the rhythms of Nafas, check out the Thai Kick-boxing demos, participate in the workshops and make your own Krathong to launch at sunset and as a finale, watch the vibrant and colourful pyrotechnic display to end the festival with a bang! The entertainment is diverse and available on two performance stages from opening to closing time. If you don't want to miss anything, it is best to check the entertainment schedule at this link: http://www.discoverparramatta.com/events/entertainment_live/loy_krathong

May your krathong bring good luck to you in the new year!

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DATE: Saturday, 19th November 2011

TIME: 5.00pm to 10.00pm

VENUE: On the banks of the Parramatta River between Church Street and Wilde Avenue, Parramatta. Parramatta is a suburb in western Sydney and is located approximately 23 km west of the Sydney CBD.

LOCATION MAP: Click here

GETTING THERE: Parramatta is well serviced by train, ferry and buses. For more info on how to get there, go to this link: http://www.discoverparramatta.com/travel_and_maps/buses_trains_ferries.

ENTRY FEE: Free

MORE INFO: Call 02 8839 3311 or check this link: http://www.discoverparramatta.com/events/entertainment_live/loy_krathong

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