Loy Krathong Thai Water Festival | Parramatta 2012

It’s that time of year again when the Parramatta foreshore comes alive with the sights of floating krathongs, the sounds of traditional drumming and the smell of delicioius Thai cuisine. Check out last year’s Loy Krathong Thai Water Festival review here and a video of some traditional dancing here.

Parramatta City Council in conjunction with the Thai Consulate GeneralTourism Authority of Thailand and the Thai Australia Association will once again host Sydney’s largest water festival, the Loy Krathong Festival. This year also celebrates the 60th Anniversary of Bilateral Relations between Thailand and Australia.

At sunset the river will be transformed into a visually stunning waterscape, participate in the tradition of launching a krathong and making a wish. By making a wish it is believed that the boats carry away sins and suffering, cleansing us and bringing good fortune for the coming year.

Activities include:

Live entertainment, Local and International Thai performances, Muay Thai Boxing demonstrations, Interactive workshops – learn the art of painting umbrella’s and masks, weaving, make a lotus lantern, watch shadow puppetry, enjoy tasty traditional food stalls, take part in the singing competition, traditional Thai massages, launch your krathongs on the river at sunset, amusement rides, free Face Painting, Aqua Fantasia – Bubble Contortion Girls performing on the river, Fire dancers and an end the day with a spectacular waterfall and fireworks display at 9:50pm.

Come and join in the fun and festivities along the banks of the river. Immerse yourself in traditional culture and experience the sights, sounds, tastes and wonder of Thailand!

When: 24th Nov 2012 5:00pm-10:00pm
Where: Parramatta
Contact: Parramatta Visitor and Information Centre on (02) 8839 3311
Cost: FREE to watch

Download a copy of the Event Programme & Map for more information.

Images from here.

Hope to see you there,

Love, Festival Girl