One of the most popular events on the Thai calendar, Loy Krathong gives people the opportunity to pay their respects to the goddess of water by floating beautiful decorated lotus shaped rafts.
Normally falling on the night of the twelfth lunar month, this year’s celebration is held on the eve of November 28.
Why Celebrate Loy Krathong?
Thais celebrate for many reasons. Some believe it’s to thank the Water Goddess for abundant supply of water during the main rice harvesting season. Others see this as a symbolic way to ‘float away’ all the anger and grudges they’ve held onto throughout the year.
What is a Krathong?
While there isn’t an English equivalent, Krathongs are often referred to as a small float, boat or vessel. They are normally hand-made from banana leaves and crafted into a lotus shape finished with candles, incense and flowers for decoration.
Where is it Celebrated?
Traditionally, Thais float their krathongs into rivers or small canals. Today, a pond, lake or swimming pool is also used. Many places also hold a variety of activities such as ‘Ram Wong’ dance performances, krathong-making competitions and beauty contests to add to the festive atmosphere.
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