Thailand is known for its beautiful scenery, friendly people and spectacular festivals. One of the most romantic and popular of Thailand’s traditional festivals is Loi Krathong. Loi Krathong takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month of the traditional Thai lunar calendar, and is a long celebrated tradition to pay homage to the goddess of rivers and water.
Thousands of intricate floating lanterns (krathong) made of meticulously arranged banana leaves and lotus flowers are affixed with incense, candles and coins. The krathong are set afloat in waterways with a prayer asking for good luck in the future and forgiveness from the water goddess, Pra Mae Khongkha. Some krathongs are made of bread to be eaten by fish and other animals.
Areas around waterways glow with a flickering tinge of yellow and orange with the occasional “boom” of a bottle rocket. A winding stream of floating kratongs light the rivers, and floating candle-lit lanterns illuminate the sky like taking a trip through the Milky Way.
This year, Loi Krathong is on November 10, 2011 which is just after the beginning of the high season. Under the clear sky and calm winds it’s definitely an event that you will want to see at least once.