Loy Krathong Festival

Loy Krathong festival

As I am a native Thai, I’d like to share you guys this upcoming traditional festival of my country, “Loy Krathong”

Loy Krathong takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional

Thai lunar calendar. In the western calendar this usually falls in November.

Loy literally means ‘to float,’ while krathong refers to the lotus-shaped

receptacle which can float on the water.

Originally, the krathong was made of banana leaves or

the layers of the trunk of a banana tree

or a spider lily plant. Modern krathongs are more often made of bread or styrofoam.

Since they are polluting and may take years to disappear. Regardless of the composition,

a krathong will be decorated with elaborately-folded banana leaves, flowers, candles and incense sticks.

Noppamas queens

If you are interested in making a krathong, here is a DIY Krathong tutorial,

or if you’d like to watch a full video here it is

5 facts about Loy Krathong festival

1.The actual purposes of “Loy Krathong” is to apologize for using, drinking, and deteriorating the

Ganga river and to feel grateful for the blissfulness and happiness in the life we’ve had.

2 In every “Loy Krathong” festival held, there is a competition called “The Noppamas Queen Contest”. Noppamas is a legendary beautiful female figure from the Sukhothai era. Noppamas was said to have made the first decorated Krathong to float in the river on the occasion.

3. It is believed that we flow misery and gloom off with the floating Krathong. So, make sure you make a wish before floating it.

4. Loy Krathong coincides with the Lanna festival known as “Yi Peng” , in the north of Thailand which is held on a full moon of the 2nd month of the Lanna calendar .

5. There is a story passed on from generation to generation that a couple will live happily ever after if their krathongs float together in the same direction, but if they don’t the couple will break up one day.

Krathongs

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loi_Krathong

http://www.vcharkarn.com/include/vcafe/showkratoo.php?Pid=40057

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