Loi "to float" Krathong "offering" is a festival to pay respect to the spirit of the waters. While this festival is celebrated all over Thailand, the Lanna culture of Northern Thailand couples it with Yi Peng, the lantern festival.
Loy Krathong is usually one of Thailand's most widely celebrated events, a means of releasing one's accumulated bad vibes to the waters in the form of floating floral arrangements -- the krathongs -- which are topped with candles and incense.
Every year when the moon is full and the rainy season draws to an end, Thailand's waterways fill with millions of floating lotus-shaped lanterns - a symbolic, centuries-old gesture once meant to placate to the country's goddess of water.
"...the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has cencelled the Color of the River, Loy Krathong Festival 2011 in Bangkkok and all festivities along the Chao Phraya River..."
If this report proves to be correct, please do note that the festivities reported to be cancelled are only those along the Chao Phraya river. Cancelling a festival in Thailand is no easy task. It can be safely assumed that Loy Krathong will still be celebrated throughout the kingdom and nowhere more than in Chiang Mai where the traditional Yee Peng festival is a major highlight in the calendar.
Although not an official public holiday, Loy Kratong is one of the most popular and romantic of Thailand's traditional festivals. The festival is held on the night of the 12th full moon, which lands some time in November. The festival is held to pay homage to the goddess of rivers and waterways, Mae Nam.
I always wanted to witness the festival as just seeing the photographs and videos lead me to think this is such a beautiful festival to experience first hand! Loy Krathong is the Thai equivalent to Diwali. You could say it’s Thailand’s ‘festival of lights’. I chose the dates based on information I gathered online, but even after arriving here and asking the hotel staff, I still couldn’t get any concrete information on the schedule of events.
Loy Krathong (ลอยกระทง), sometimes spelled as Loy Kratong, is a colorful festival held every year on the full moon of the twelfth month in the Thai Lunar Calendar. This Thai Festival is held all over the country, but there are particularly beautiful celebrations held in Chiang Mai, Ayutthaya and Sukhothai, where the celebrations take place over several days. Celebrations are now held throughout Thailand including Bangkok, Phuket and Pattaya.
This music video for powderfinger's BURN YOUR NAME was shot entirely on location in Chiang Mai, Thailand during the Loi Krathong Festival. The release of lanterns (khom loi) brings good luck, as the Thai people believe they send your troubles away.
There are many holidays and festivals in Thailand, as everyone knows, but most would agree that Loy Kratong is the most striking, picturesque, exotic, and romantic. “Loy” means “to float” in Thai, and a “kratong” is the typically ...
Thailand, is a spectacular place where magic and mystery can be found in many places. If you are here in November, this magic flourishes and there is one evening during the month that a truly mystical experience, can be had.
Loy Krathong Festival is considered to be the prettiest and most peaceable of all the annual occasions in Thailand. According to the legend, some even seven centuries ago the daughter of a Brahmin priest - her name Nang Nophamas, made a decorative float and showed it to the ruler of the southern Kingdom of Sukhothai. Impressed by its (and possible, her) beauty, the King had it set down on the river and since it's not a bad idea to do what your ruler does, the courtiers followed suit, and the people with them. So much at least for the legend of origin,. The facts may be somewhat different, of course.
By far the most romantic of Thailand’s celebrations, Loy Krathong takes place on the full moon night of the 12th lunar month. The Thai word 'Loy' means 'to float in Thai, while 'Krathong' is a small raft, about a hand span in diameter,...
Here in North Thailand the Loi Krathong Festival is much different than anywhere in the Kingdom. In the small town of Mae Jo north of Chiang Mai they started the festival on Saturday night by launching hot air balloons called "Khom Loy".
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