Loy Gratong Festival
One of Thailand's biggest celebrated tradition. In the light of the full moon in November, Thai people flock to a water source to float their decorated candle basket. These floating baskets are made of banana trunk, artistically folded banana leaves and colorful flowers. It is beautiful to watch the floats lighting up the river banks.
We all have a spiritual sense to worship something. When we don't know the Creator, we tend to look to the creation, paying tribute to earth, wind, fire or water. I remember floating my little basket as a child with my friends. It was a fun experience and still is. But now, knowing the True and Living God, we don't have to pay tribute to the river or to the creation. We worship The Creator, The Maker of Heaven and Earth.
Here is something that you might see on Loy Gratong night, hundreds of floating lanterns glistening in the moon lit sky. Some people think that they are floating away sins and sending away misfortunes. Although these lanterns are a spectacular sight, I am so thankful that Jesus Christ is the Only One that can take away our sins.
I am thankful every day to be able to share the Good News and to be able to teach and train the girls in my charge to know The Hope for their future.
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Wilai Wilkerson, Missionary
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