November Yee Peng ‘The Festival of Lights’

2014-12-08_103742November is the ‘Festival of Lights’ and there are certainly opportunities to enjoy a beautifully sky now that the rains are easing!

Divali is the Hindu festival of lights. It is associated with Lakshmi, th e goddess of prosperity, and marks the beginning of the financial year in India. Decorate the entrance to your house with a rice ‘rangoli’, prepare delicious Indian sweets, snacks and savouries, girls dress in their prettiest sari and place candles throughout the rooms to celebrate this charming festival.

Halloween is not for everyone but the kids love it…A growing number of hotels and restaurants celebrate Halloween. And more expatriates in Phuket are celebrating Halloween. The ‘zombie fad’ seems to have endeared this occasion to the Thai community too. If there is not a Halloween festival in your complex , talk to neighbours and create an event!

Guy Fawkes was a member of a group of provincial English Catholics who planned the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605. Fawkes became tantamount to the Gunpowder Plot and its failure. His ‘dummy’ is traditionally burned on a bonfire, commonly accompanied by a firework display. Several Phuket English pubs celebrate Guy Fawkes with bonfires, fireworks and drinking for the adults later!

Loy Krathong is probably one of the most beautiful of all the Thai festivals. This is a celebration to pay respect to Phra Mae Khongkha, the goddess of water. The practice has become synonymous with Thai culture. There is as a growing ‘eco’ twist encouraging today’s youth to respect the water ways and environment by using organic materials for the krathongs.

If neither of these are your thing there are plenty of fireworks and crackers for sale. Or safer still light a Sky Lantern; Khom Loy or Khom Fai on the beach or by a lake and watch your wishes soar!

Question for Phuket for Kids

I have been living in Phuket for over two years now. I am planning to have my first baby here in Phuket in May. I would really like to have a natural birth but am concerned that it is not the first choice in Thai hospitals here. Is there any advice you could give me? Do you know of any midwives in Phuket that could help? The birth is a long way off yet but I’d like to be as prepared as possible.
Many thanks

Answer

Well, I usually get questions concerning keeping kids busy not bringing them into the world- but let me try. The international hospitals are more understanding regarding women’s individual birth plans. However at the time of writing this there are no birthing classes as prevalent in western countries.

Doctors will be your primary contact, not nurses or midwives. Midwaves in western countreis are often highly trained which may not be the case in Thailand.

However you can have a natural birth in Phuket and many have (including me). Some top tips:

  • Read as much as you can about birthing and begin writing a birth plan.
  • Start talking to your doctor ‘now’ about aspects of you birth plan- you will both become frustrated if your doctor discovers your intentions only prior to the birth.
  • Ensure your partner is onboard as you will need the support of your partner of birthing support in birthing room.
  • And remember, your doctor is a qualified medical practitioner and the main priority is to ensure you and your baby are safe. Take their advice but don’t be afraid to get a second opinion!

If anyone has some more practical advice please contact me at [email protected] so this information can be shared!