Published On: Fri, Nov 3rd, 2017

The Loi Krathong Festival is celebrated nationwide from 2nd to 4th November

The Loi Krathong Festival is celebrated nationwide.

The Loi Krathong Festival is celebrated nationwide. The dates depend on the moon calendar. In 2017 the dates are November 2-4. The full moon day is November 3. The festival is one of the most spectacular in Thailand. All over Thailand is a great place to experience the Loy Krathong Festival.

To night i will go down to Nong prajak park in UdonThani City with my family and Join in

The Loi Krathong Festival is celebrated nationwide.

Loi Krathong Festival

According to the Royal Institute Dictionary 1999, loi (ลอย) means “to float”, while krathong (กระทง) has various meanings, one of which is “a small container made of leaves which can be floated on water during the Loi Krathong festival”.[6]Krathong is traditionally a small leaf container which is made to hold a small portion of goods like a traditional Thai dish (such as “Hor Mok”) or dessert. The traditional krathong used for floating at the festival are made from a slice of a banana tree trunk or a spider lily plant. Modern krathongs are more often made of bread or Styrofoam. A bread krathong will disintegrate after a few days and can be eaten by fish. Banana stalk krathong are also biodegradable, but Styrofoam krathongs are sometimes banned, as they pollute the rivers and may take years to decompose. A krathong is decorated with elaborately-folded banana leaves, incense sticks, and a candle. A small coin is sometimes included as an offering to the river spirits.

On the night of the full moon, Thais launch their krathong on a river, canal or a pond, making a wish as they do so. The festival may originate from an ancient ritual paying respect to the water spirits.

Government offices, corporations, and other organizations launch large decorated krathongs. There are competitions for the best of these large krathongs. A beauty contest is a regular feature and fireworks have become common in recent years.

Loi Krathong is often claimed to have begun in the Sukhothai by a court lady named Nopphamat. However, it is now known that the Nopphamat tale comes from a poem written in the early Bangkok period.[7] According to King Rama IV, writing in 1863, it was a Brahmanical festival that was adapted by Thai Buddhists in Thailand to honor the Buddha, Prince Siddhartha Gautama. The candle venerates the Buddha with light, while the krathong’s floating symbolizes letting go of all one’s hatred, anger, and defilements. People sometimes cut their fingernails or hair and place the clippings on the krathong as a symbol of letting go of past transgressions and negative thoughts. Many Thais use the krathong to thank the Goddess of Water, the Hindu Goddess Ganga, Phra Mae Khongkha (Thaiพระแม่คงคา).

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  • Charles Law

    Me and leeya will go down to the lake tonight and take photos. We will share with you all on Sat.


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