BANGKOK: Coin snatchers target krathong

The annual Loy Krathong Festival is celebrated today, the full-moon day of the 12th lunar month, and many Thais are looking forward to carry on the basket-floating tradition to pay respect to water goddess Phra Mae Khongkha and let go of their bad luck.

Festival-goers traditionally launch their baskets (krathong) down a river or on a pond, and often put coins in them to make merit and bring good fortune.

But opportunists often lurk in the water nearby, plucking the coins from the krathong just seconds after they have been launched, as seen in this video.

Facebook user IceLing Rawisara, who posted the video, wrote: “What’s going on? Is this the Loy Krathong tradition?”

The clip shows a man looking for coins in the krathong about a metre away from the pier in Bangkok, and ignoring the festival-goers near him.

Net users commented that the coin looter should at least show some courtesy and wait until the krathong have drifted some distance away before rummaging through them.

A Facebook user said people should have put firecrackers in their krathong or run an electric current through the water, to scare him off.

see video

Video credit: Facebook user IceLing Rawisara

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