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Loy Krathong

shantihhh's picture

Loy Krathong is celebrated on the Third Lunar Moon in November (Nov 3rd this year).  This festival is celebrated all over the Kingdom of Thailand.

 A Krathong is shaped often using banana leaves woven into a lotus shape with flowers, then a candle and sometimes sparklers on top. It is the custom to place a small coin (baht) and a piece of hair or something of your self in the top area.

The festival is a tribute to the Water Goddess, Mae Nam, who they believe will bring good luck.  This is done in celebration of the rainy season.   It is to thank her for the furture crops IE rice.

Its believed by lighting the Krathong and floating it away down a river, pond, or lake that one’s bad luck and bad doings will be carried away. Therefore, starting giving you a chance to start over for a new year.

There is a legend about Nang Nopamas, who was a royal consort to King Ramkhamhaeng (founder of Sukhothai).  According to legend, Nopamas made the original Loy Kratong to appeasen Mae Nam, and set it afloat in the palace canals so that it would pass by her lover, the King. The King was enchanted by this creation and by Nang Nopamas forever after, hence the belief that if two lovers set a kratong into a waterway and it stays afloat until it has left sight, their love will last forever.  Loy Krathong is sort of a Thai Valentin's Day.

 

During Loy Krathong you’ll see men and women dressed in beautiful cultural outfits. There also many beauty pageant held at Loy Krathong especially in the countryside.

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In some areas lanterns are let off.

 

It is becoming more popular to form a Krathong from bread as it is more eco friendly as it feeds the fish.  In fact The King used a bread Krathong this day!

Of course Loy Krathong is celebrated eating many wonderful Thai sweets.



some photo thanks to-bangkok.metblogs & planet.kapook

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foodpsychologist's picture
Hi Shantihhh ! Beautiful Photographs and information about Loy Krathong ! This reminds me of an Indian festival called Kartik Purnima which is celebrated around the same time of the year, in November, when people make boats containing lamp float in water. They pray the moon god. Its fascinating to realize that no matter what the nationality or religion our practices are essentially the same. But then why this intolerance and conflict in this world then?
perceptiveeye's picture
Lovely pictures! Is Loy Krathong celebrated all over the world or is it restricted only to Thailand?
tanya3286's picture
Its a really beautiful festival!! I remember watching something about this on nat geo... its so fascinating. Thailand is a beautiful country and this festival is so lovely with the concept of the floating lamps and eternal love! great blog :D
aparna.priya's picture
Yesterday I read about Loy Krathong! When I was reading this blog, I could well connected myself with this coz; of some prior knowledge. The pictures posted here are amazing and Shantihhh, you have very well portrayed about the festival!
ifoodiee's picture
Lovely pictures and an amazing blog about Loy Krathong..it is the first time i am hearing about it...i love those pictures where they are letting off lanterns and such a wonderfully romantic legend lies at the root of this festival...very informative and entertaining read shantihhh...thanks
shantihhh's picture
Thank you for reading my blo9g on Loy Krathong. This festival is celebrated in Thailand and I believe originally came from India's festival Divali. There are many full moon festivals or Lunar Moon festivals around the world.