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Posted at 1:02 p.m., Wednesday, November 1, 2006

Southeast Asian Lantern Festival slated for Saturday

Advertiser Staff

The second annual Southeast Asian Lantern Festival takes place from noon to 7 p.m. Saturday at Ala Moana Beach Park's Magic Island.

Members of the Thai, Laotian, Cambodian and Burmese communities in Hawai'i combine their efforts to bring the event, which is free to the public.

Traditional dances, Thai kick boxing demonstrations, Burmese palm readings and food booths will be among the offerings. It will culminate in the floating of lanterns at sunset, about 5:50 p.m.

Traditionally, the festival is held during the full moon of the 12th lunar month. The festival originated in Thailand 800 years ago as a means of offering thanks to Mae Khongka, the goddess of water, for helping sustain life throughout the year.

Lantern floats will be available for purchase at the Thai Association of Hawai'i tent for about $5, according to festival co-chairwoman Ichaya Danapong.

For information, call Paul Fox at 523-2733, Christine Su at 358-4118 or Ichaya Danapong at 949-9707.