Loy Krathong, November 21,22 and 23
Loi Krathong is a festival celebrated in Thailand, Laos and some other countries within Souteast Asia that have Thai heritage. The loy Krathong festival takes place on the evening of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar. This date changes every year. For 2018 the dates are November 21,22 and 23. Typically Loy Krathong fall in the month of November.
Loi Krathong is celebrated all over Thailand, typically by placing a Krathong in the water. Thai like to gather around at larger lakes or waters in the nearby area, but some chose a more private location like a stream, river etc. When you stay at Resotel Baan Sanook during Loy Krathong we invite you to join us riding to a gather place and celebrate Loy Krathong among the thai.
The history of the Loy Krathong Festival is rather obscure. Some people claim that the tradition of Loy Krathong originates in Sukhothai and was first organized by a court lady called Nopphamat. Others believe it was a Brahmanic festival that was adapted by Thai buddhist to honor the Buddha. Anyway, the ritual of Loy Krathong is about paying respect to the Goddess of the Water showing gratitude for the plentiful use of water and ask for forgiveness in the ensuing pollution. It is also about getting ride of misfortune and bad things that happened in the past and asking for good luck in the future. For this people float a “krathong” in the river.
What does Loy Krathong mean? Krathong has various meanings. In this case it is small container or basket made of banana leaves, adorned with flowers, incense and candles. Loy Krathong means “to float a basket” which is what many people do during the festival on one of the three days. On many river or canal locations makeshift bamboo construction or steps are constructed to allow people to approach the water. Near these places food and drink sellers gather and local people sell their housemade krathongs to revellers.
Besides placing a Krathong in the water, often also Loy Krathong coindices with Yee Peng what is all about lanterns. The day before Loy Krathong is called Yee Peng but during the three Loy Krathong days you will see lanterns everywhere. Houses and temples are often decorated with lanterns and most stunning though are to be the hundreds of sky lanterns that were released. There used to be a mass release of sky lanterns from gathering places but in recent years there has been a crackdown on releasing sky lanterns because of the danger to air traffic.