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Loy Krathong Festival

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Loy Krathong is held on the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar. In the western calendar this usually falls in November.Loykratong1

“Loi” means “to float”. “Krathong” is a raft about a handspan in diameter traditionally made from a section of banana tree trunk (although modern-day versions use specially made bread ‘flowers’ and may use styrofoam), decorated with elaborately-folded banana leaves, flowers, candles, incense sticks etc. During the night of the full moon, many people will release a small raft like this on a river. Governmental offices, corporations and other organizations also build much bigger and more elaborate rafts, and these are often judged in contests. In addition, fireworks and beauty contests take place during the festival.

Letting a Khom Fai float in to the air at the Loi Kratong festival in Mae Jo

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Thousands of Khom Fai in Mae Jo

The festival probably originated in India as a Hindu festival similar to Deepavali as thanksgiving to the deity of the Ganges with floating lanterns for giving life throughout the year. According to the writings of H.M. King Rama IV in 1863, the originally Brahmanical festival was adapted by Buddhists in Thailand as a ceremony to honour the original Buddha, Siddhartha Guatama. Apart from venerating the Buddha with light (the candle on the raft), the act of floating away the candle raft is symbolic of letting go of all one’s grudges, anger and defilements, so that one can start life afresh on a better foot. People will also cut their fingernails and hair and add them to the raft as a symbol of letting go of the bad parts of oneself. Many Thai believe that floating a krathong will create good luck, and they do it to honor and thank the Goddess of Water, Phra Mae Khongkha (พระแม่คงคา).

The beauty contests that accompany the festival are known as “Noppamas Queen Contests”. According to legend, Noppamas was a consort of the Sukothai king Loethai (14th century) and she was the first to float decorated krathongs. The Loi Krathong festival is also associated with the start of vegetable carving.

The Thai tradition of Loy Kratong started off in Sukhothai, but is now celebrated throughout Thailand, with the festivities in Chiang Mai and Ayutthaya being particularly well known.

In Chiang Mai Loi Kratong is also known as “Yi Peng”. Every year thousands of people assemble to float the banana-leaf krathong onto the waterways of the city, honouring the Goddess of Water. A multitude of Lanna-style sky lanterns (khom fai) are also launched into the air where they resemble large flocks of giant fluorescent jellyfish gracefully floating by through the skies. These are believed to help rid the locals of troubles and are also taken to decorate houses and streets.

Kelantan also has the same celebration, especially in the Tumpat area. The ministry in charge of tourism in Malaysia recognises it as an attraction for tourist. Many people visit the celebration each year.

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Loi Krathong and Candle Festival
Date :
31 October – 2 November 2009
Venue : Sukhothai Historical Park, Sukhothai


Highlights
You will be dazzled by the float procession of large krathong from 17 Northern provinces.  The procession will consist of  krathongs from government agencies, state enterprises, private sectors, and general public, including hanging lanterns, Krathong design contest, and Miss Noppamas Beauty Contest, light and sound presentation, firework displays, Sukhothai arts and culture performances, and the activity of “Dawn of happiness”.


Contact:

TAT Sukhothai Tel: 66 (0) 5561 1196
Information from Website: www.tourismthailand.org

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Loi Krahong Krung Kao and Loi Krathong at 4 Corners of the Old City (Ayutthaya)

Loi Krahong Krung Kao (Old Ayutthaya Style of Loi Krathong)
Date: 2 November, 2009
Venue: Thung Phukhao Thong Area, beside King Naraesuan the Great Memorial Statue, Ayutthaya

Highlights:
Enjoy and experience the Ayutthaya Style of Loi Krathong, feast your eyes on the cultural performances and entertainments as well as food and goods fair.

Loi Krathong at 4 Corners of the Old City (Ayutthaya)
Venue: 4 corners of Ayutthaya, i.e.  under Pridi-Thamrong Bridge; Pom Petch; in front of National Museum-Chandrakasem; and in front of Chedi Si Suriyothai.

Highlights:
This is a memorable event for you to experience the contest of hanging lanterns, small-size Krathong contest, Miss Noppamas (international) beauty contest, Noppamas kids contest, singing contest, cultural performances, and OTOP products.

For further details : please contact Ayutthaya Tourist Centre Tel: 66 (0) 3524 2730-1


Loi Krahong Krung Kao and Loi Krathong at 4 Corners of the Old City (Ayutthaya)

Loi Krahong Krung Kao (Old Ayutthaya Style of Loi Krathong)
Date: 2 November, 2009
Venue: Thung Phukhao Thong Area, beside King Naraesuan the Great Memorial Statue, Ayutthaya

Highlights:
Enjoy and experience the Ayutthaya Style of Loi Krathong, feast your eyes on the cultural performances and entertainments as well as food and goods fair.

Loi Krathong at 4 Corners of the Old City (Ayutthaya)
Venue: 4 corners of Ayutthaya, i.e.  under Pridi-Thamrong Bridge; Pom Petch; in front of National Museum-Chandrakasem; and in front of Chedi Si Suriyothai.

Highlights:
This is a memorable event for you to experience the contest of hanging lanterns, small-size Krathong contest, Miss Noppamas (international) beauty contest, Noppamas kids contest, singing contest, cultural performances, and OTOP products.

For further details : please contact Ayutthaya Tourist Centre Tel: 66 (0) 3524 2730-1

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