Published On: Thu, Nov 2nd, 2017

Loy Krathong, Thailand’s Most Beautiful Holiday Festival

“Loy” means “float”, and a “krathong” is a special

Floating Dreams – Loy Krathong, Thailand’s Most Beautiful Holiday Festival

Loy Krathong, Thailand’s Most Beautiful Holiday Festival

Loy Krathong, Thailand’s Most Beautiful Holiday Festival

Lights from hundreds of candles twinkle on the water. Each one carries prayers and wishes sent off to float down rivers and streams. Celebrate Loy Krathong with your family to create lasting memories of your wonderful trip to Thailand.
Loy Krathong is one of Thailand’s most important holidays. As the exact date of the holiday is determined by the Thai lunar calendar, the date is different each year. The holiday normally falls in November and festival and parade days differ slightly from city to city. (Loy Krathong vies for the title of most important Thai holiday festival with Songkran, which is held in April.)

“Loy” means “float”, and a “krathong” is a special Thai floating sculpture particular to the holiday. The traditional krathong is made from a cross-section of a banana tree trunk, which is then elaborately decorated with folded banana leaves and flowers in intricate towering designs. You will find hundreds of krathongs for sell around the main Loy Krathong festivity areas. Often school children will make their own krathongs in school or with their family. They’ll even have krathong contests in school to see who can craft the most beautiful and artistic float.
Today the banana trunk core is sometimes replaced by styrofoam or bread (baked into the form of a traditional krathong or a cute floating turtle). The banana trunk and bread krathongs are obviously eco-friendly, so better choices for your family.

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