Mt Druitt - St Mary's Standard (East) - - WHAT'S ON -

THE Par­ra­matta River fore­shore will come alive with lights, mu­sic and cul­ture for Syd­ney’s premier Thai fes­ti­val, Loy Krathong. This year, the pop­u­lar fes­ti­val also cel­e­brates the life of late Thai King Bhu­mi­bol Adulyadej, with spe­cial per­for­mances that re­flect his pas­sion for tra­di­tional mu­sic. The fes­ti­val will fea­ture tra­di­tional Thai cul­ture in­clud­ing craft exhibitions and per­for­mances from lo­cal and vis­it­ing artists from Thai­land. Fes­ti­val go­ers will ex­pe­ri­ence the an­nual Thai rit­ual of launch­ing hand­made can­dlelit krathongs (float­ing sculp­tures) on the river at sun­set, be­lieved to carry your prayers and wishes for good for­tune and hon­our the water spir­its. Fam­i­lies can en­joy a se­lec­tion of ac­tiv­i­ties in­clud­ing a kids work­shop to krathongs, miniature mon­key sculpt­ing (us­ing clay and paint) and fruit carv­ing. Vis­i­tors can also learn about the tra­di­tional cos­tumes worn dur­ing per­for­mances. There will be a range of food on of­fer from across South-East Asia. The evening will cul­mi­nate in a spec­tac­u­lar fire­works and water foun­tain dis­play. Fam­i­lies can send con­do­lence mes­sages to the peo­ple of Thai­land as they en­ter the mourn­ing pe­riod to hon­our King Bhu­mi­bol’s life. Mes­sages will be bound into a book and sent to Thai­land. Satur­day, Novem­ber 12, be­tween Barry Wilde and El­iz­a­beth St bridges, Par­ra­matta, from 4pm to 10pm, par­ra­mat­

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