The exotic sights, sounds, flavors and spirit of Thailand will be celebrated on South African shores at the Loy Krathong Thai Festival & Culture II, to be held at Brightwater Commons in Johannesburg on Saturday, 26th of November, 2011.
This annual festival will begin at 11am and continue until 9pm, and includes an array of exciting events. Hykie Berg, well-known actor and winner of Survivor Maldives, will present the competition draw as well as the main ceremony. Proceeds from the event will go towards alleviating the suffering of those in Bangkok affected by the Thai floods, as well as Peace for Africa.
The festival culminates in the main event, Loy Krathong, which is the spectacular lighting and releasing of the traditional Thai Krathongs – floating water lanterns – and Sky Lanterns, with Hykie Berg leading the ceremony. This is a practice dating back thousands of years and is symbolic of the release from the trappings of sin and is seen as an act of atonement by the Thai people.
Locals can also join in the festivities with the vibrant and colourful fancy dress cultural parade that kick-starts the event off at 12pm. Shoppers will enjoy the large variety of Thai wares, arts and crafts while learning more about this unique culture at the various stalls and exhibitions. Dont miss out on the opportunity to try great and aromatic Thai cuisine, a melting-pot fusion of influences. The entertainment line-up will include crowd-pleasers such as traditional and dazzling Thai dancing, singing and music courtesy of a Thai Art Troupe and the popular Muay Thai Boxing.
Another highlight of the festival is a prize draw competition that will bag the lucky winner a trip for two to Thailand, including return flights, accommodation and breakfast, worth R46 000 compliments of Kai Thai Travel, Thai Airways and Tourism Authority of Thailand! Entrants must make sure they are at the actual draw in order to qualify for an extra prize to the value of R2500 if they win.
The organisers take pride in ensuring that the festival is authentic so that visitors enjoy the true Thai experience. The Thai Association, Thai Community and SA Association of South Africa will present the festival in conjunction with The Brightwater Commons to educate the general public about the Thai culture. A Thai Dignitary will also be attending.
Besides the shopping, food and entertainment, there are spoiling mini spa treatments available and for the brave few a Yam Kang (traditional Thai fire massage) demonstration will thrill.
Visitors will also have the opportunity to experience the art of meditation with the Forest Monks present at the festival, who seek peace and tranquility in order to study meditation. In addition, there will be Yoga demonstrations and classes on the lawn.
By the end of the festival many visitors will be able to use the greeting used by the Thai. Known as a wai sawadeeka, it is the joining of palms with the fingers pointed upward between the chest and forehead. There are certain protocols followed dependent on distance, respect and seniority.
Loy Krathong is a colourful highlight on the Thai calendar and will be celebrated in a similar fashion in the land of smiles. An array of decorated banana leaf Krathongs (boats), each complete with a lit candle, will adorn the waters of the musical fountains at Brightwater Commons and visitors can purchase their own Krathongs for floating.
The highlight of the day will be the launching of hundreds of sky lanterns into the sky above the grassy commons, all in the name of Peace for Africa and bringing relief to Thai flood sufferers, creating an awesome and breath taking sight.
Loy Krathong Thai Festival & Culture II Program
11h00 21h00 – Stalls and exhibitions open
12h00 13h00 – Cultural Parade
13h00 13h30 – Opening Ceremony
13h30 16h00 – Afternoon Entertainment, including traditional Thai Dancing, Muay Thai Boxing and other cultural activities
16h00 17h30 – Miss Loy Krathong Beauty Pageant
19h00 19h30 – Prize Draw Win a trip to Thailand on the main stage
19h30 20h00 – Loy Krathong Boat Ceremony
20h00 20h30 – Sky Lantern Ceremony
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