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Loi Krathong Festival 2016 @ Nationwide
Published date : November 4,2016

Nearly all visitors to Thailand agree that in this land of festivals, it is Loi Krathong that stands out as the most charming. This water-based celebration falls on the full moon night of the 12th lunar month and in the evening, people head out to the kingdom’s waterways, rivers and ponds to launch their krathongs. These are candlelit floats, made from the stalk of banana plants and decorated with incense, offerings, flowers and candles. They are then floated out onto the water as a way of paying respect to the water spirits to thank them for their bounty as well as to apologise to rivers and streams for pollution and for their use of water over the year.

The annual ceremony is a time of special celebration in Thailand. The rains have mostly ended gone and the weather is cool, so people take the chance to get out for the evening, socialise and enjoy many fun activities as well as making and floating krathongs. So there are also beauty contests, performances of traditional music and dance, and dramatic firework displays as well as temple fairs held nationwide. It is a great time to see Thai people at their most fun loving while enjoying a genuinely beautiful spectacle.

This year, the Loi Krathong festival falls on 14 November and there are a range of celebrations going on up and down the kingdom. Here are some of the locations where where local ways of celebrating Loi Krathong offer unique experience of different culture in various parts of the kingdom.

Loi Krathong in Bangkok – If you are in the capital and want to learn something about the history and traditions of the Loi Krathong festival, a good place to head is the Santi Chaiprakarn Park in Banglampu by the historic river fort. Here, on 12 and 13 November, from 17.00 to 22.00 there will be an informative display telling the story of Loi Krathong and how it differs from province to province. On the evening of Loi Krathong itself (14 November), there will be a Super Moon, meaning that the full moon will appear to be 14 per cent larger than usual. This makes the Santi Chaiprakarn Park, with its wide river views, the perfect place to come and float your krathong. The park will be open for this between 17.00 and 24.00. If tourists can’t make it to the Chao Phraya riverside, there is the chance to visit and float krathongs in any of the 28 public parks spread across the city.

Chiang Mai – The Chiang Mai Municipality has recently updated events relating to the city’s traditional Loi Krathong or Yi Peng Festivals and there are lots of activities, ancient and modern going on from 12 to 15 November for locals and visitors to enjoy. As Yi Peng is, in many ways, a festival of light, events will kick off on 12 November, with the lighting of candles around the city’s famous moat and the Three Kings Monument. There will also be the chance to make lanterns and enter a daily contest (from 12 to 18 of November) to construct the most beautiful krathong to be floated on the canals.

The official Yi Peng festival opens on 13 November with a ceremony by the famous Tha Pae Gate and there’ll be a moving sermon recited from Buddhist scripture at the Lok Mo Lee temple. This will be followed by a range of cultural traditions unique to Chiang Mai including the Pratu Pa contest, in which front doors are traditionally decorated, the worship of house spirits, and on 14 November, the releasing of Krathong Sai. There will also be a Grand Krathong Procession Contest on 15 November in which everyone joins in, dressed in their colourful finery.

Sukhothai – In many ways this is the spiritual home of the Loi Krathong Festival in Thailand. The Sukhothai Loi Krathong and Candle Festival 2016 takes place annually in the Sukhothai Historical Park. This year, the Park will light up the historical ruins of old Sukhothai, allowing visitors to enter and float their krathongs on 10-14 November, from 09.30-24.00 Hrs. and there are 9,999 censer candles at 18.00 Hrs. daily.

Tak – This year, the province of Tak will organise “Loi Krathong Sai Floating 9,999 Lanterns In Remembrance of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej” on the banks of the Ping River on 14 November.

*** Information Update Date 8 November 2016.

 

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