I have been fascinated with the Buddhist concept of “impermanence” in life since my journey to Tibet last September. The Buddhist doctrine asserts that all of conditioned existence, without exception, is “transient, evanescent, inconstant”. The Japanese call it “fleeting beauty” … nothing last forever and that *is* the beauty of life. There is a profound meaning in being present in the moment, living in the moment, living in the “now”. The Loi Krathong & Yi Peng festivals in Siam encompass this impermanence flawlessly. Considered the most beautiful festivals of “Light” on planet Earth, I had the privilege to experience them this week here in Chiang Mai with some great people from Thailand, Belgium and the States.
Loi Krathong is a Siamese festival celebrated annually throughout southwestern Tai cultures (Thailand, Laos, Shan, Mon, Tanintharyi, Kelantan, Kedah and Xishuangbanna). The name could be translated as “to float a basket”, and comes from the tradition of making krathong or buoyant, decorated baskets, which are then floated on a river. On Friday night of the full moon, we launched our krathongs on the river and made a wish #ISoM