One of Thailand’s most cherished festivals has passed us by once more. Loy Krathong is a yearly event in Thailand where everyone gets together to pray and give their thoughts to the passing year. For some it is an occasion when people remember the loss of their loved ones and for others it is a time of deep contemplation.
Traditionally, the event is celebrated by floating krathongs along rivers, canals and lakes. Krathongs are baskets made from banana tree leaves and stalks. The leaves are folded into ornate designs around the Krathong and flowers and candles are also added, all amounting to a beautiful display. All around Thailand, glowing krathongs are seen floating peacefully across the water. The only thing that ruins the event is when people swim out to take the krathongs, so that they can resell them. This really does taint the spirit of the festival.
Lanterns are also released into the air during Loy Krathong, making it so that the sky becomes lit up with drifting points of light, mirroring the floating Krathongs below. The whole night really does have a feeling of serenity and clarity, a sense that it is a time for new beginnings.
Loy Krathong is celebrated on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the Thai lunar calendar. If you were lucky enough to be traveling around Phuket during the festival this November, we hope you enjoyed the experience, wherever you found yourself. If you missed it, don’t worry. The Krathongs will float by again around this time next year.