October 13, 2009
Bpra Pae Nee Loy Rua (Floating Boat Festival) is a bi-annual festival held by the Urak Lawoi and Moken sea gypsy communities throughout various parts of the Andaman Sea. Featured below are the festivities that were held at Laem Tukkae, Koh Sirey, Phuket.
Delicious food, lots of brew, fireworks, games, Thai and Indian music blarin’ on the soundsystem, dancing, more dancing, and, the central part of the festival, a “loy rua” (floating boat) that is sent out to sea, at sunrise, the following day. The boat is used to pay respect to their ancestors and the spirits, and to symbolically float away their misfortunes.
Did a double take on this girl’s shirt. Almost had the conversation concerning the meaning of her shirt, then I opted to avoid a very awkward conversation.
Got too carried away with the soundsystem at Laem Tukkae and forgot to take pictures of the “loy rua” they built. Below are a couple video stills of the “loy rua” from the previous night in Baan Sapam, Phuket.
The next day……