THAI UP A DAY FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY
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, parramattaloykrathong.com.au.