Last night was the beginning of the Loy Kratong ‘season’ of events, with a Buddhist ceremony and a mass release of lanterns. This is actually a separate ceremony from Loy Kratong and is part of a Kathin ceremony, in which robes are offered to monks within a month of the end of Buddhist lent.
This event is free to attend, but a repeat event in November is a charged tourist event – and probably where the confusion comes from.
Anyway… this is no small deal, thousands attend, with all the surrounding paraphernalia: food markets, toy sales, drinks stalls… It gets crowded, very crowded, and you need to be there late afternoon to get a good spot.
Its a long ceremony, but the lantern release is breathtaking and truly spectacular…
Dreary October day, but the city of Lincoln is worth a visit. Rising above the flat Lincolnshire plains the old town is topped by the cathedral and the castle. The cathedral built from 1088 onwards was the tallest building in the world for some 240 years.