Loy Krathong and Yi Peng Festival 2016

November 9, 2016   /   byAnkita Sodhia  / Categories :  Amari Pattaya, Amari Phuket, Festivals, Pattaya, Thailand
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With the holiday season right around the corner, November starts off  Southeast Asia with two unique traditions. Loy Krathong and Yi Peng are fast approaching, so we thought we’d go over what’s similar and different between them, and recommend spots to join in the festivities.

What is Loy Krathong?

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Loy Krathong takes place annually on the eve of the first full moon according to the 12th month of the Thai Lunar calendar (usually November). The main staple of this festival are Krathong, the intricate floating vessels (usually made from banana leaves), which typically have candles or incense sticks attached to them.

Locals gather in the evening to lay these floating decorations at nearby ponds, khlong (canals), rivers, and even swimming pools. This is to pay respect and give thanks to the Goddess of Water – Phra Mae Khongkha. It’s said that the Krathong carry away bad luck and bring forth good fortune. Under the full moon it makes for a fantastic spectacle. It’s definitely one of Thailand’s most beautiful festivals.

What is Yi Peng?

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Yi Peng is essentially the Northern equivalent of Loy Krathong, and refers to the 2nd month of the Lanna calendar. Whilst it’s also common to float Krathong, the Northern parts of Thailand, such as Chiang Mai, are renowned for their sky lantern or Khom Loi celebrations. Locals launch handmade floating lanterns, commonly made with rice paper and attached with a fuel cell or candle, into the air.

This ceremony is similar to Loy Krathong in that part of the ritual releases people of their sins and bad luck. However, the khom loi ritual differs in that they honour the Indic God who resides in the sky – Pra Ged Kaew Ju La Manee.

Recommended places to celebrate Loy Kratong Festival in Thailand

  • Bangkok
    Asiatique: The Riverfront, Rama VIII Bridge, Lumphini Park & Benchasiri Park
  • Phuket
    Nai Harn Lake, Patong beach, Saphan Hin Park & Suan Luang (King Rama IX) Park
  • Chiang Mai
    Thapae Gate & the Lanna Historical Museum
  • Ayutthaya
    Wat Tha Ka Rong in Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya District
  • Sukhothai
    Sukhothai Historical Park

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