Most visitors come to Thailand because of the numerous cultural festivals in this country. If you happen to visit Thailand in November, you can have a chance to take part in Loy Krathong which is the second best-known festival after the New Year celebration Songkran. Here’s some necessary information visitors needs to know about the event.
What is Loy Krathong?
Loy Krathong (also known as Loi Krathong or Thai Festival of Lights) is one of Thai celebration where people float a “Krathong” (a boat) made of banana trunk decorated with banana leaves, flowers, candle, and incense stick. The word “Loy” means to float in the Thai language. When put together, those two terms simply mean floating banana trunk festival. Modern Krathongs are made using different materials, trying to cater to environmental friendly items, such as bread, ice cream cone, paper, fruits, vegetable and many more.
Why do Thai people want to float a krathong? There are many stories regarding how the festival originated. One of the versions is that Thai people have long been closely involved with rivers for ages as Thailand is an agriculture based country. This means rivers are like their own blood veins. This festival is held every year to show people’s gratitude towards the river especially the goddess of the river called Pra Mae Khongkha for giving them fresh water as well as to ask for forgiveness for polluting the water. Nowadays people also see Loy Krathong as a chance to wash away all their bad luck in the past year and wish the best for the coming year. This is one of the most best-preserved traditional festivals in Thailand.
When is Loy Krathong celebrated?
Loy Krathong takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar. In the western calendar, this usually falls in November. The exact date is announced a month before the festival. Hence the following dates are not confirmed dates. They are the full moon days on which the festival is based.
This Year Loy Krathong is celebrated on 11th of November 2019, while next year Loy Krathong is celebrated on the 1st of November 2020
Where to celebrate Loy Krathong Festival 2019?
- Chiang Mai
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