Thailand’s most beautiful annual festival, Loy Krathong, falls on the full moon of the 12th month of the traditional Thai Lunar Calendar. This year on November 28, 2012.
On the eve of the full moon, Thai people will float “Krathongs” on waterways, rivers, klongs, ponds or lakes.
It is a romantic occasion, with young couples floating the Krathong together hand in hand for continued love. If a couple’s Krathongs float together for a length of time, it implies that their love will be strong.
Loy Krathong literally means Loy (to float) a lotus shaped raft (Krathong). The Krathong is usually made of natural products such as coconut fibre, banana stem and banana leaves and are festooned with decorative folded banana leaves, flowers, candles, incense sticks and a coin.
Loy Krathong origins are disputed, but generally accepted that the festival began during the Sukhothai period during the Yi Peng (floating lantern – as below) when a krathongs were floated on the river as a way of paying respect to the Goddess of the Water Phra Mae Kongkha. Loy Krathong is also an adaption of a Brahman ceremony to worship Gods- Siva, Vishnu, and Brahma; when Thai people adopted Buddhism, the Brahman ceremony was adopted to honour the original Buddha, the second heaven ruler, Siddhartha Guatama. The candle on top of the Krathong pays respect to Buddha and is a means of respectfully floating away bad luck and misfortune in return of good luck in the future. In this manner, fingernails and hair threads are also placed on the Krathong as a way to release sad parts of their life and letting bad parts of themselves float away.
During the festival Thai people will celebrate with fair-type games, local Thai dances, fireworks and “Nang Noppamas” beauty pageants.
Loy Krathong also coincides with the Yi Peng celebration in Northern Thailand. Of Lanna origins, this celebration aptly Yi (Second) and Peng (Month) celebrates the 2nd Month of the Lanna Calendar. The occasion sees a multitude of Khom Loi (Floating Lanterns), made of rice paper and candle or similar fuel, are set afloat in the sky for the purpose of making merit. During the festival houses will be decorated with the floating lanterns and lanterns known as Khom Khwaen are carried around on sticks with the beautiful self-rotating Khom Pariwat are hung at temples.
The Loy Krathong festival belongs to Thailand and is the most beautiful festival on the Thai calendar. It should not be missed. Enjoy the celebrations on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok or the waterways of Ayothaya; while Chiang Mai celebrates both Loy Krathong and Yi Peng on the city’s ancient canals and city walls.
After celebrating Loy Krathong in Bangkok, enjoy an evening of heritage-inspired Thai cuisine and traditional Thai dance at Citi Bistro on the 1st Floor of Pathumwan Princess Hotel on 28 November 2012 from 6.00 p.m. for only 890 Baht net.
The buffet dinner highlights dishes from the four regions of Thailand and live cooking stations with a market-style selection of meat, seafood and vegetables for the team of young creative Thai chefs to prepare your favourite Thai dish. For dessert, a selection of colourful traditional Thai sweets highlight amongst the sumptuous European treats and fresh tropical fruits.
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sources: Wikipedia and http://www.loikrathong.net
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