Loy Krathong Festival

November 27, 2012 in Amazing Thailand

One of the most beautiful festivals in Thailand takes place on the full moon of the 12th month in the Thai calendar or November in the West. Loy means ‘to float’ and Krathong refers to the small floating vessels that are made to resemble a lotus flower. Traditionally these were made from banana leaves.

Loy Krathong Festival

Along the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok where I live, large boats and rafts are adorned with bright lights and loud music while above the sky is lit up with thousands of Khom Loi or sky laterns. These rice paper lanterns contain a small candle that heat the air trapped inside allowing the Khom Loi to rise in to the night sky until the candle has burnt out. Later in the night fireworks round of the festival.

Loi Kratong – Saphan Thaksin – Bangkok

 

Loy Krathong Festival