Date: November 22, 2018
One of the most colourful annual Thailand Festivals is the awe-inspiring Loy Krathong Festival 2018. Every year, nearly every person in Thailand takes part in this exciting and thought-provoking festival. The festival is known as Loy Krathong; This is sometimes spelt ‘Loi’, takes place on nearly every stretch of water in Thailand. If you are familiar with the sight of a thousand glowing lanterns heading towards the sky and lighting up the surroundings, this is Loy Krathong in full effect.
Loy Krathong is celebrated throughout not only Thailand but also in Laos. The name of the festival translates as to ‘float baskets’, and is derived from the tradition of making a float/Krathong using banana leaves, lots of flowers and a candle. You light the candle and push out your float across the water. This festival is to pray for good luck from the Water Goddess, and the motion of pushing your Krathong away is supposed to mimic casting away your sins over the past year to start anew.
Traditionally speaking, the festival takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th lunar months on the traditional Thai calendar. The date itself on a standard Gregorian calendar changes every year. It usually falls in November. You can visit any stretch of water from a local Klondike to streams, rivers and even the sea.
One of the most exciting places to celebrate Loy Krathong is in the Chiang Mai region. In areas such as Yi Peng in the north, they light large balloon-like lanterns that are then launched into the sky. The sight of thousands of these fire lanterns being released into the sky at the same time is simply astonishing to see. If you get the chance to go to Chiang Mai or Yi Peng for Loy Krathong, we would suggest that you take the opportunity.
If you have a wife or partner, visiting a stretch of water to release your Krathongs together is a very romantic gesture. If you are a newly formed couple and your Krathongs capsize on the water, you could be in for bad luck over the next 12-months.
Whether you want to cast away your sins, pray to the water goddess or merely want to see Thai culture and festivals at their brilliant best, you need to visit Thailand in November to experience Loy Krathong in full flow.