Since Thailand is a country with close ties to Buddhism, this festival has close ties to spirituality and involves various rituals at Buddhist temples across the island, culminating in the launching of a ‘krathong’ – a floating lantern carrying candles and joss sticks, as well as all of your wishes.
Loy Krathong is held annually between November 21st and 23rd across the nation during the first half of November.
Loy Krathong starts after sunset
Magic starts to happen once the sun has set beyond the horizon, and you will quickly come to notice many stalls popping up selling ‘krathongs’ all along the streets of Phuket. These ‘krathongs’ have often been handcrafted with lot of detail and often vary greatly in design and shape. If you happen to be in Phuket during Loy Krathong, and you shouldn’t be able to make your own mini-float, you can buy one for a very small fee (typical 20-60 THB) to bring to the water and let float down the lake. Not only do you save time buying a readymade boat; you also support the locals with your purchase, and you show respect for the local traditions and customs in Thailand at the same time. The boats are often lotus-shaped, covered with flowers and, of course, equipped with candles and incense sticks. Then, after you’ve purchased one, (should you wish to partake in this festival), as the sun dips below the horizon and the full moon begins to rise into the night sky, you take your krathong to the nearest beach, lake or similar watery area and release it with the outgoing tide or current.
The general belief and background behind this festival is that if the krathong floats away from you, the coming year will bring good fortune. If it however floats back towards the shore, then perhaps your luck may not be quite as you had wished.
Thailand – a country full of tradition
If you like festivals like Loy Krathong, you’ll quickly come to realise that Thailand is a country full of festivals, celebrations and tradition. You’ll quickly get the feeling that the next celebrations waits just around the corner – and that’s often where it happens actually. Thai people are incredibly welcoming to foreigners from abroad, and especially towards those who respect the local traditions and partake in them.
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