Beautiful krathongs floating on the rivers across Thailand…
Thousands of lanterns sparkle like shining stars in the night sky…
Do you want to experience those two incredible festivals? Come to Thailand in November!
For foreigners, taking part in the most picturesque festival called Loy Krathong and Yi Peng is a great experience. Both are different festivals celebrated at the same time in November. However, Yi Peng (The Lantern Festival) mainly takes place in Northern Thailand.
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What is Loy Krathong Festival?
Loy means float in Thai language, whereas krathong means a small vessel created from natural materials. Krathong is created using a piece of banana trunk, decorated with banana leaves, candles, flowers and incense sticks. Nowadays, Thai people have become more creative as they have made krathong by using coconut shells, flowers, or even potato slices!
During the time of the festival, people release krathongs into the rivers. If the candle inside your krathong stays lit until you can’t see it anymore, that means you will have a year of good luck.
Major waterways in Thailand have available Krathongs for people to purchase during the celebration. Traditionally, Thai people release the krathong to small canals called klongs. However, nowadays, a pond or a lake is also acceptable.
It is truly a magical sight to see thousands of krathongs on the water throughout the country. Not only Thai people, many foreigners also participate in this festival.
So, there are many versions of stories behind the festival. One of the popular stories is that Thai People holds this festival annually to show respect to the goddess of the river called Pra Mae Khongkha.
The festival begins every year after the rainy season ends. The message is to thank the water goddess for a year’s worth of abundant harvest supply. Krathongs on the sea symbolize Thai people’s way to worship and ask for forgiveness to the goddess.
Loy Krathong festival is also the time for Thai people to say goodbye to misfortune and make good wishes for the coming year.
What’s interesting is that during the festival, you can see many people wearing Thai’s traditional clothing throughout the country. In many places, there are also dance performances, krathong-making competitions and beauty contests.
When is It?
The festival takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar. It marks the end of the rainy season and usually falls in November. The exact dates for this year’s festival are from November 14-15.
Why Join Loy Krathong Festival?
Loy Krathong and Yi Peng Festivals are beautiful and romantic. Many couples come to Thailand to join these festivals. With the spectacular lights at night, you can take beautiful photographs and have a memorable vacay. The traditional Thai music and dancing will make your time with your loved ones become very special.
In Thailand, not only that you can take part in the festival, but you can also explore Thailand which boasts delicious food, beautiful temples, or beautiful beaches. You surely will love your time there!
Where to Go?
To enjoy this colorful festival on the date mentioned above, you can find any canal, river, or pond to witness the charm of this event. You can see Thai people paying some respect to the goddess of the river and you can do it as well!
Generally, many hotels across Thailand hosted Loy Krathong event at their swimming pool area. In Bangkok, hotels along the Chao Praya River often create special packages for tourists to enjoy the event as well as a special dinner. If you’re looking for a perfect hotel to stay in Thailand, you can find the one that is located near lakes at tiket.com.
The most vibrant cities during Loy Krathong festivals are Phuket, Sukhotai, Chiang Mai and Bangkok. What’s special is that in Chiang Mai, the Loy Krathong festival coincides with Yi Peng, a beautiful lantern festival. During this time, people lit lanterns and release it to the sky. It is the time when you can see locals’ homes and public places decked out with colorful hanging lanterns and flag decorations.
People light lanterns and make a wish for good fortune in the new year. Buddhist believe that when you set off the lantern, your wishes will come true. Interestingly, Yi Peng festival is actually just a smaller part of the big Loy Krathong celebration.
Aside from Chiang Mai, Bangkok is also a perfect place to celebrate Loy Krathong festival. The mighty Chao Phraya river is often the centre of attraction. This is the place where people launch their krathong.
Amphawa is also a great location to enjoy the Loy Krathong festival. It is a popular historical town close to Bangkok and has picturesque riverside places.
Ready to Join Loy Krathong and Yi Peng Festivals?
Many tourists flock to Thailand to take part in this festival. So, be sure you book for flights and accommodations early. Get the best deals at tiket.com! If you haven’t downloaded the app, you can do so now!
After you arrive in Thailand, you can enjoy the festival. However, always remember to take care of the environment, t-mates! Some of the cheap lanterns are made of metal and can be destructive to the environment. Therefore, make sure you pay attention to the materials they use to make krathongs and the lanterns.