Chiang Mai, Thailand. 14th November 2016. Monks celebrate the Loy Krathong festival at Wat Phan Tao Temple, Chiang Mai, Thailand with candles and sky lanterns in a sombre and moving ceremony which reflects the mourning for King Bhumibol. All the Loy Krathong festivities were reduced in Chiang Mai and across Thailand as a mark for respect, focusing more on the religious aspects of the festival. Credit:  Paul Brown/Alamy Live News
RMH8KHX2Chiang Mai, Thailand. 14th November 2016. Monks celebrate the Loy Krathong festival at Wat Phan Tao Temple, Chiang Mai, Thailand with candles and sky lanterns in a sombre and moving ceremony which reflects the mourning for King Bhumibol. All the Loy Krathong festivities were reduced in Chiang Mai and across Thailand as a mark for respect, focusing more on the religious aspects of the festival. Credit: Paul Brown/Alamy Live News
Fruit carving is a significant part of Thai cultural heritage. Watermelon carving dates to the 14th century in Thailand during the Sukhothai dynasty.  The annual Loi Krathong Festival occurs each November where people in Thailand float lamps and lanterns down a river to honor water spirits. One legend is that one of the king’s maids decorated her lantern with a watermelon carved with flower designs to impress him and that he was so pleased that he encouraged all Thai women to adopt the practice.
RM2B038PPFruit carving is a significant part of Thai cultural heritage. Watermelon carving dates to the 14th century in Thailand during the Sukhothai dynasty. The annual Loi Krathong Festival occurs each November where people in Thailand float lamps and lanterns down a river to honor water spirits. One legend is that one of the king’s maids decorated her lantern with a watermelon carved with flower designs to impress him and that he was so pleased that he encouraged all Thai women to adopt the practice.
Chiang Mai, Thailand. 14th November 2016. Monks celebrate the Loy Krathong festival at Wat Phan Tao Temple, Chiang Mai, Thailand with candles and sky lanterns in a sombre and moving ceremony which reflects the mourning for King Bhumibol. All the Loy Krathong festivities were reduced in Chiang Mai and across Thailand as a mark for respect, focusing more on the religious aspects of the festival. Credit:  Paul Brown/Alamy Live News
RMH8KHXFChiang Mai, Thailand. 14th November 2016. Monks celebrate the Loy Krathong festival at Wat Phan Tao Temple, Chiang Mai, Thailand with candles and sky lanterns in a sombre and moving ceremony which reflects the mourning for King Bhumibol. All the Loy Krathong festivities were reduced in Chiang Mai and across Thailand as a mark for respect, focusing more on the religious aspects of the festival. Credit: Paul Brown/Alamy Live News
Chiang Mai, Thailand. 14th November 2016. Monks celebrate the Loy Krathong festival at Wat Phan Tao Temple, Chiang Mai, Thailand with candles and sky lanterns in a sombre and moving ceremony which reflects the mourning for King Bhumibol. All the Loy Krathong festivities were reduced in Chiang Mai and across Thailand as a mark for respect, focusing more on the religious aspects of the festival. Credit:  Paul Brown/Alamy Live News
RMH8KHXDChiang Mai, Thailand. 14th November 2016. Monks celebrate the Loy Krathong festival at Wat Phan Tao Temple, Chiang Mai, Thailand with candles and sky lanterns in a sombre and moving ceremony which reflects the mourning for King Bhumibol. All the Loy Krathong festivities were reduced in Chiang Mai and across Thailand as a mark for respect, focusing more on the religious aspects of the festival. Credit: Paul Brown/Alamy Live News
Chiang Mai, Thailand. 14th November 2016. Monks celebrate the Loy Krathong festival at Wat Phan Tao Temple, Chiang Mai, Thailand with candles and sky lanterns in a sombre and moving ceremony which reflects the mourning for King Bhumibol. All the Loy Krathong festivities were reduced in Chiang Mai and across Thailand as a mark for respect, focusing more on the religious aspects of the festival. Credit:  Paul Brown/Alamy Live News
RMH8KHXEChiang Mai, Thailand. 14th November 2016. Monks celebrate the Loy Krathong festival at Wat Phan Tao Temple, Chiang Mai, Thailand with candles and sky lanterns in a sombre and moving ceremony which reflects the mourning for King Bhumibol. All the Loy Krathong festivities were reduced in Chiang Mai and across Thailand as a mark for respect, focusing more on the religious aspects of the festival. Credit: Paul Brown/Alamy Live News
Chiang Mai, Thailand. 14th November 2016. Monks celebrate the Loy Krathong festival at Wat Phan Tao Temple, Chiang Mai, Thailand with candles and sky lanterns in a sombre and moving ceremony which reflects the mourning for King Bhumibol. All the Loy Krathong festivities were reduced in Chiang Mai and across Thailand as a mark for respect, focusing more on the religious aspects of the festival. Credit:  Paul Brown/Alamy Live News
RMH8KHWTChiang Mai, Thailand. 14th November 2016. Monks celebrate the Loy Krathong festival at Wat Phan Tao Temple, Chiang Mai, Thailand with candles and sky lanterns in a sombre and moving ceremony which reflects the mourning for King Bhumibol. All the Loy Krathong festivities were reduced in Chiang Mai and across Thailand as a mark for respect, focusing more on the religious aspects of the festival. Credit: Paul Brown/Alamy Live News
Chiang Mai, Thailand. 14th November 2016. Monks celebrate the Loy Krathong festival at Wat Phan Tao Temple, Chiang Mai, Thailand with candles and sky lanterns in a sombre and moving ceremony which reflects the mourning for King Bhumibol. All the Loy Krathong festivities were reduced in Chiang Mai and across Thailand as a mark for respect, focusing more on the religious aspects of the festival. Credit:  Paul Brown/Alamy Live News
RMH8KHXCChiang Mai, Thailand. 14th November 2016. Monks celebrate the Loy Krathong festival at Wat Phan Tao Temple, Chiang Mai, Thailand with candles and sky lanterns in a sombre and moving ceremony which reflects the mourning for King Bhumibol. All the Loy Krathong festivities were reduced in Chiang Mai and across Thailand as a mark for respect, focusing more on the religious aspects of the festival. Credit: Paul Brown/Alamy Live News
Chiang Mai, Thailand. 14th November 2016. Monks celebrate the Loy Krathong festival at Wat Phan Tao Temple, Chiang Mai, Thailand with candles and sky lanterns in a sombre and moving ceremony which reflects the mourning for King Bhumibol. All the Loy Krathong festivities were reduced in Chiang Mai and across Thailand as a mark for respect, focusing more on the religious aspects of the festival. Credit:  Paul Brown/Alamy Live News
RMH8KHWXChiang Mai, Thailand. 14th November 2016. Monks celebrate the Loy Krathong festival at Wat Phan Tao Temple, Chiang Mai, Thailand with candles and sky lanterns in a sombre and moving ceremony which reflects the mourning for King Bhumibol. All the Loy Krathong festivities were reduced in Chiang Mai and across Thailand as a mark for respect, focusing more on the religious aspects of the festival. Credit: Paul Brown/Alamy Live News
Chiang Mai, Thailand. 14th November 2016. Monks celebrate the Loy Krathong festival at Wat Phan Tao Temple, Chiang Mai, Thailand with candles and sky lanterns in a sombre and moving ceremony which reflects the mourning for King Bhumibol. All the Loy Krathong festivities were reduced in Chiang Mai and across Thailand as a mark for respect, focusing more on the religious aspects of the festival. Credit:  Paul Brown/Alamy Live News
RMH8KHXGChiang Mai, Thailand. 14th November 2016. Monks celebrate the Loy Krathong festival at Wat Phan Tao Temple, Chiang Mai, Thailand with candles and sky lanterns in a sombre and moving ceremony which reflects the mourning for King Bhumibol. All the Loy Krathong festivities were reduced in Chiang Mai and across Thailand as a mark for respect, focusing more on the religious aspects of the festival. Credit: Paul Brown/Alamy Live News
Chiang Mai, Thailand. 14th November 2016. Monks celebrate the Loy Krathong festival at Wat Phan Tao Temple, Chiang Mai, Thailand with candles and sky lanterns in a sombre and moving ceremony which reflects the mourning for King Bhumibol. All the Loy Krathong festivities were reduced in Chiang Mai and across Thailand as a mark for respect, focusing more on the religious aspects of the festival. Credit:  Paul Brown/Alamy Live News
RMH8KHWWChiang Mai, Thailand. 14th November 2016. Monks celebrate the Loy Krathong festival at Wat Phan Tao Temple, Chiang Mai, Thailand with candles and sky lanterns in a sombre and moving ceremony which reflects the mourning for King Bhumibol. All the Loy Krathong festivities were reduced in Chiang Mai and across Thailand as a mark for respect, focusing more on the religious aspects of the festival. Credit: Paul Brown/Alamy Live News
Chiang Mai, Thailand. 14th November 2016. Monks celebrate the Loy Krathong festival at Wat Phan Tao Temple, Chiang Mai, Thailand with candles and sky lanterns in a sombre and moving ceremony which reflects the mourning for King Bhumibol. All the Loy Krathong festivities were reduced in Chiang Mai and across Thailand as a mark for respect, focusing more on the religious aspects of the festival. Credit:  Paul Brown/Alamy Live News
RMH8KHXNChiang Mai, Thailand. 14th November 2016. Monks celebrate the Loy Krathong festival at Wat Phan Tao Temple, Chiang Mai, Thailand with candles and sky lanterns in a sombre and moving ceremony which reflects the mourning for King Bhumibol. All the Loy Krathong festivities were reduced in Chiang Mai and across Thailand as a mark for respect, focusing more on the religious aspects of the festival. Credit: Paul Brown/Alamy Live News
Chiang Mai, Thailand. 14th November 2016. Monks celebrate the Loy Krathong festival at Wat Phan Tao Temple, Chiang Mai, Thailand with candles and sky lanterns in a sombre and moving ceremony which reflects the mourning for King Bhumibol. All the Loy Krathong festivities were reduced in Chiang Mai and across Thailand as a mark for respect, focusing more on the religious aspects of the festival. Credit:  Paul Brown/Alamy Live News
RMH8KHXPChiang Mai, Thailand. 14th November 2016. Monks celebrate the Loy Krathong festival at Wat Phan Tao Temple, Chiang Mai, Thailand with candles and sky lanterns in a sombre and moving ceremony which reflects the mourning for King Bhumibol. All the Loy Krathong festivities were reduced in Chiang Mai and across Thailand as a mark for respect, focusing more on the religious aspects of the festival. Credit: Paul Brown/Alamy Live News