Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Loy Krathong Festival In Tumpat Kelantan

The Loy Krathong celebrtaion in Tumpat Kelantan has begun at Wat Pikulthong yesterday 11th November 2008. Today it will be the final day and the opening/closing ceremony will be performed by Datuk Ong Hong Peng the Chief Secretary to theMinsitry of Tourism.
It will be the climax tonight where a float procession will begin from the temple to the Tumpat River 2 kilometers away where the lantern float will be floated away.
Those intending to attend, please expect a massive crowd and parking will be a problem. The rain may add some misery too. This event is considered as a tourism event and it is usually covered by the mainstream media. TV3 usually covers this event.
If you want to know more about Loy Krathong read them here.
More report to follow soon.

25 comments:

uncleawang said...

Sound like festival from Thailand.
Saya penah dengar lagu 'Loy krathong'
Teringat pulak masa melancong di Bangkok dan Hadyai 15 tahun lepas.

Pp said...

pernah satu ketika dulu menari dengan irama lagu itu...siap kena lentik2 kan jari jemari...hehehe

U.Lee said...

Hi Zawi, I used to travel to Kelantan every month, sometimes twice and somehow I had always missed this Temple festivity.
But have visited the Temple few times.
Hope one day to see it....with you.
You keep well Zawi and have a great week, Lee.

Hussin said...

Sdra Zawi,

You know what? I'm now in my hotel room in Bangkok overlooking the Chao Praya witnessing the "real" Loy Krathong festivities. Wanted to have a closer look but there are too many people. Right now they just started lighting the fireworks.

Never realised that my meeting in Bangkok coincides with the festival. Only knew about it upon my arrival yesterday.

Zawi said...

Uncleawang,
Yes it is a Thai Buddhist festival but since Tumpat is at the Thai border, the many Kelantanese of Thai origin celebrate it just as much.

Zawi said...

PP,
Seronok PP menari Loy Krathong. Kalau kepala pening-pening sikit lagi menjadi dia.
Di Rose Garden Bangkok selalu ada tarian Loy Krathong diakhir pertunjukan dan penonton di galakkan menari bersama.

Zawi said...

Lee,
The 11 or 12 of November or there about is the date for the celebration of this festival. Please come around those dates should you want to see its performance.
We will go there together and let us see if you can apply some of the tango or cha cha steps when dancing to the tune of the Loy Krathong songs. Before the floating away of the floats there were lots of merriment with cultural performance by the Thai community. Last night was great as they allowed Mak Yong to be performed (even thought it was a short improvised on)by the Malay community. They performed the menora dance too. I have not seen the makyong and menora performance for the past 40 years.

Zawi said...

hussin,
If I were you I would have braved the crowd and join them for the celebration. It was a chance of a life time to be able to be there when the clebration is on. Would be nice if you could blog about it.
There is not much fireworks here but still lots of merriment. As expected, light drizzle at the time of the procession did kill the mood abit. I had to rush back to my car before the big group of those in the procession arrive.

kbguy said...

hei, I am waiting for your loykratorn posting lah. I couldn't make it yesterday. Jangan lambat2 lah,kalu nak jadi reporter... haha

svllee said...

Dear Pak Zawi, thanks for the Abang Li post and also this one. Did you get the info on the kl photoawards? Well, you have so many possible subjects! I am in KL will next weekend, but alas, no plans to come up to pay you a visit...:-( as I am in Singapore this week, and got some meetings in KL next.Hows the Sony coming along?
Steven

Zawi said...

kbguy,
I will try to do the post today. The event was well covered by many main stream media reporters especially the Chinese dailies so please read them first.
Citizen reporter je la so doesn't matter lambat sikit hehehehe.

Zawi said...

svllee,
Yes i did get the info and the invite from you but with a grand daughter to look after makes it extremely difficult for me to juggle my time. I may have to miss this years event. Anyway thank you for the invite.
The Sony is OK but I have yet to extract every juice from it yet. Give me abit more time hahahaha.

kbguy said...

Zawi, you tau I sibuk kan baru2 ni. Itu pasal I tak dapat teman u ke event tu. So I also missed baca suratkhabar and watching the tv news. The chinese dailies ? Haha.. kalau I boleh baca dan berutur, dah lama I masok MCA dan bertanding bagi jawatan President lah ! So now you dah jadi boss, MD atau Chairman of your own blog. How wonderful is that. Nobody can instruct you. ha ha... Love your free and easy life.. Cool man..

Zawi said...

kbguy,
Yes I am the boss of my own blog. I am the Chairman, MD, Editor and writer and I get nothing from it all but sheer joy. What more can I ask?
The post on Loykrathong is coming up soon and be the first to comment as it will be dedicated to you.

kbguy said...

just dropping by again.. hehe.. you know what I am looking for..
puying suei suei ..

Zawi said...

kbguy,
Sabar, sabar,sabar.

kbguy said...

emmm.. (say no more...)

Zawi said...

kbguy,
Tak sabar nak tengok Puyin ke?
Dah post tu.

manlaksam said...

Menarik sekali.Teringat kawan saya di Kg.Beruk, Tumpat.

Zawi said...

manlaksam,
Kg Berok tak buat celebration Loy Krathong. Man ada kawan situ?

manlaksam said...

Zawi,
Kawan saya asal situ tapi sekarang ni jadi cikgu,dulu ngajar di Jerantut. Sekarang dah lost contact.
Terima kasih kerana sudi jenguk lori Pak Man.

mrs.lim said...

the last picture looks like a piece of beatifully crafted jewelry taken on a black valvet background..

it looks like a colorful peacock.. or a proud swan.. fading into the far-far-away land.. ;)))

mrs.lim

Zawi said...

Mrs. Lim,
It was a fluke shot. My main flash was not working aand the built in camera flash did it. I am glad you like it.

Gurindam Jiwa said...

A lot of good and spectacular shots come by way of fluke, after hours and hours of laborious work.

Yes it may have been a fluke shot, but it came after you work very hard at trying to get one.

Just like the cliché: The harder you work, the luckier you become.

mimiemomomumumooooo ;) said...

Assalam Pak Zawi.Saya dari UiTM Puncak Alam dan sedang melakukan kajian kebudayaan di Kg Terbok, Tumpat. Boleh tak jika saya nak termu ramah Pak Zawi tentang kampung tersebut?