Thank you river for the water

Every year, hundreds of Londoners gather in the Thai Buddapadipa temple to celebrate the Loy Krathong.

During this festival, people pay respects to the river for the water we use. Many Thais and foreigners come for the shows, the ceremony and, of course, the food. The magnificent Buddhapadipa temple, in Wimbledon, is usually a quiet, peaceful place. But on special occasions like the Loy Krathong the grounds that surrounds it fills up with life, joy and food.

But you can also be silent and make donations to your day of birth, while dropping coins one by one into countless bowls. The peace this brings is unexpected to the western mind.

In this report we also get inside the actual temple to talk with a Buddhist monk about this shiny temple and the beautiful celebration to pay respects to water.