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Thai Fruit Carvings at Loy Krathong Festival

Thai Fruit Carvings at Loy Krathong Festival

Thai Fruit Carvings at Loy Krathong Festival

In  my previous blog post, I published some amazing photos and video showing the colorful Thai Festival of Lights, Loy Krathong in Thailand.

The Thai community here in Southern California also celebrates Loy Krathong with festivals, fruit carvings and floating flowers. Unfortunately, the incredible flying candle lit lanterns shown in my previous blog article are not a part of the celebration here. The beautiful lanterns lanterns that float into the sky could easily start huge fire storms here in Southern California.

The Loy Krathong festival here does includes beautiful fruit carvings, and the traditional water floats. At last year’s Loy Krathong the fruit carving members of the local Thai Temple and I carved vegetables and fruits to decorate one of the booths at the festival. Here are some photos of the carvings.

In keeping with the tradition of a floating offering, I carved a little boat from diakon and filled it with flowers carved from purple and yellow carrots.

diakon boat with carrot flowers

Nita carved this boat from diakon and filled it with flowers carved from purple and yellow carrots

When I got to the festival, my little boat was dwarfed by the silk flower Krathongs, but it did float!

floating diakon boat and Thai krathongs

It floated!

I carved a vegetable and fruit flower arrangement in Autumn colors to bring to the festival.

vegetable arrangment carved by Nita

Vegetable Flower Arrangement carved by Nita Gill for the festival

The yellow zip-zag carved fruit on the plate was a type of melon I had not seen before. I don’t remember the name of the type of melon but it tasted like a cucumber.

Vegetable Flower Arrangement

Here is a closer look at the vegetable flowers

These vegetable flowers are carved from diakon, carrots, yellow carrots and zucchini.

Here is the booth with the carved fruits and vegetables at the festival. Isn’t it lovely?

Thai Fruit Carvings at Loy Krathong Festival

Thai Fruit Carvings at Loy Krathong Festival

Thai Fruit Carvings

Close Ups of Thai Melon Carvings at the Loy Krathong Festival

swan watermelon carving and honeydew flower

Thai watermelon carving

Thai fruit carving

Thai watermlon carving

Thai Fruit Carving

Side view of the Thai watermelon carving shown above

Watermelon carving

carrot and beet carved flowers

flowers carved from carrots and beets

melon carving

Traditional Thai wreath design watermelon carving

Thai Melon Carving


I don’t remember which melons were carved by which carvers but they included Tammy Sterrit, Tym Chaipanya, Chitra Stevens, Tina leBien, Krong Na Songkhla, and Nuj.

I hope that these lovely Thai fruit carvings give you some inspiration and ideas for your own carvings.

Happy Loy Krathong!

Learn to carve like a pro

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6 Responses to Thai Fruit Carvings at Loy Krathong Festival

  1. Laura November 28, 2012 at 10:53 am #

    Anita thank u so much for sharing this with us. It truly is amazing. I am more and more amazed at the carvings and just wonder when I will get there :)) Thank you again for sharing this wonderful Thai of Festival Lights and the wonderful and amazing Carvings. They are inspiring!

  2. Ilona Molnos November 28, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    These carvings are so beautiful . I enjoy watching them, I do not have the talent but I love art and these are amazing art work. Keep teaching the world will be a much nicer place .Thanks Ilona

  3. Charuchandra Bhide November 28, 2012 at 10:59 pm #

    Most attractive and inspiring!!

  4. chittaluru Nagalakshmi November 29, 2012 at 12:17 am #

    Hai Sister ur carvings are very very heart tuching and beautiful n ur lessons are very useful to viewars & makers. urs nagalakshmi

  5. A.Suliman November 29, 2012 at 4:32 am #

    io i like it mum, thanks

  6. manoj November 29, 2012 at 8:39 am #

    Thanks….. pls give me some more big sculptures

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