efe-epaBy Jackree Bunyamethi. Bangkok

Devotees threw lotus flowers for luck into an elaborately decorated Thai barge carrying a golden Buddha statue in a procession Saturday as part of the 84th annual Lotus Receiving Festival in Samut Prakan province, neighboring the capital.

The main traditional barge was decorated at the front by three three-headed nagas, a symbol of Buddhist protection, and the golden Buddha, called "Luang Phor To," was sheltered by a Bodhi tree, symbolizing enlightenment. It carried boatmen dressed in white traditional outfits, representing angels.