If you happen to be visiting Thailand this November, there’s a fantastic festival you definitely can’t miss -Loy Krathong.
Known as the Thai Festival of Lights, Loy Krathong is one of Thailand’s most enchanting and the second best-known festival after its New Year’s festival Songkran. The Festival is held annually all over the country, as well as parts of Laos and Myanmar (Shan State) where it is called Tazaungdaing. Read on and find inspirations for how you can experience Loy Krathong as fully as possible.
Krathong is a Thai term which refers to a piece of banana trunk decorated with flowers, banana leaves, candle and incense sticks. The word Loy means to float in the Thai language. When put together, those two terms simply mean the floating banana trunk festival. Modern Krathong’s are mostly made out Banana tree trunk. But please avoid Styrofoam krathongs as they pollute the water and they are difficult to decompose. Banana trunk Krathongs are more environmentally friendly as they are biodegradable and in most cases eaten by fish.
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. And to show respect to the river, basically the goddess of the river called Pra Mae Khongkha, Thai people decided to make a Krathong to worship and ask for forgiveness. The Thais now also see it as a time to wave goodbye to misfortune, wash away sins of the past year, and make wishes for the coming year.
Loi 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.
Loy Krathong Dates :
2019: November 13
2020: November 1
Loy Krathong is celebrated all over Thailand. You can go and enjoy the festival almost everywhere in the country where it has water. However, there are certain places that hold the festival on a much bigger scale. And our recommendations are Koh Samui, Phuket, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai, and Bangkok. Barefoot Luxury Villas have villa options with great promotions during November.
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