Every year, the Loy Krathong festival takes place early November in Thailand. The date corresponds to the twelfth full moon of the Thai lunar calendar. Discover the meaning behind the festival and the best cities to attend.
The Meaning of Loy Krathong
The term “Loy” means floating in Thai, and a “krathong” is a small raft about twenty centimeters, often decorated with flowers and three sticks of incense. During the night of celebration, many krathongs are released on rivers all over the country. Organized under the reign of Rama IV, this festival is meant to pay tribute to the Buddha through the flickering lights spread by the krathong candles. This floating offering is also a tribute to Phra Mae Kongka, the goddess of water, to receive plentiful irrigation in the fields, and thus protect themselves from drought and famines.
The Best Cities to Visit for Loy Krathong
In Bangkok, on the banks of the Chao Phraya, under the Rama VIII bridge, the Loy Krathong festival is an opportunity to witness many fireworks, as well as shows and parades.
In Chiang Mai, you can see one of the most spectacular Loy Krathong celebrations in Thailand. In fact, on the occasion of this event, the inhabitants gather for a releasing of lanterns, which beautifully illuminate the city’s sky during the Yee Peng Festival.