The entire team here at Organo Gold is getting very excited for the big Grand Opening event in Thailand this weekend. The leadership team, including Founder and CEO Bernie Chua, Co-Founder and Global Master Distributor Shane Morand, and EVP of International Sales Holton Buggs are all arriving in Thailand as we speak. Plus many other OG Family members and Distrubutors from far and wide will be arriving in Thailand this week in time for the event in Bangkok this Saturday November 8 and Sunday November 9.
And the atmosphere in Thailand is one of celebration, as locals prepare for a big national holiday festival this week. Tomorrow, November 6 marks the festival known as Loi Krathong, which takes place each year on the first full moon day of November. This visually stunning celebration sees locals float beautifully decorated baskets down rivers and waterways. The name can be translated as “to float a basket”, and comes from the tradition of making krathong, which are buoyant, decorated baskets that are then floated on a river. The baskets are usually made using banana leaves and are decorated with flowers and a candle in the middle. Some people add some money or small personal items as offerings. At night the krathongs are set adrift on a nearby river or pond, as an offering to the spirit of the water to wash away the sins. The festival is thought to have originated from an ancient ritual paying respect to the water spirits.
Loi Krathong also coincides with northern Thai festival known as Yi Peng, which sees thousands of lit lanterns launched into the sky,resembling large flocks of giant fluorescent jellyfish gracefully floating through the night sky. These sky lanterns are made using thin fabric, such as rice paper, which is stretched over a bamboo or wire frame. Then a candle or fuel cell is attached, and when the fuel cell is lit, the resulting hot air is trapped inside the lantern and creates enough lift for the khom loi to float up into the sky.
Organo Gold is so happy to be arriving in Thailand at this time of cultural celebration, and look forward to enjoying the visual spectacle of these wonderful festivals. We may just build a krathong basket of our own, and place a little OG Organic Green Tea in it as an offering to the river spirits.
See you all in Thailand this weekend!