Loy Krathong Festival 2018 – A Guide to Loi Krathong in Thailand

Loy Krathong Festival in Thailand 2018 – A Close Bond Between Thai Culture And Water!

Loy Krathong Festival 2018 – A Guide to Loi Krathong in Thailand. If you ever visit Thailand in November; you can find travel magazine ads, posters at your hotel of Thai girls dressing in traditional Thai clothing with a beautiful floating object. That’s an indication that Loy Krathong is on its way.

What does Loy Krathong refer to?

In Thai “Loy” means to float and “Krathong” means a circular floating item embellished with banana leaves, flowers, a candle and incense sticks. You will find hundreds of krathongs put up for sale around the main Loy Krathong festivity areas. Loy Krathong Festival 2018 in Thailand is the festival of lights.

Loy Krathong Festival in Thailand
Loy Krathong Festival in Thailand – Photo by TAT

About Loy Krathong: A Festival of Lights

Loy Krathong is one of Thailand’s most significant holidays. The occasion does not happen on the same date every year; rather it counts on the full moon night of the twelfth lunar month. The correct date of the holiday is determined by the Thai lunar calendar. The holiday usually falls in November. The season is also excellent for strengthening the relationship in the family; push the boat out in Loy Krathong with your family to build lasting memories of your wonderful outing to Thailand.

How is Loy Krathong Festival celebrated?

Lights from hundreds of candles sparkle on the water and each one carries prayers and wishes sent off to float down rivers and streams. The holiday traditions comprise of setting eels and turtles free in the river or pond. Your children enjoy doing this. The Loy Krathong holiday is also celebrated with beauty pageants.

How to partake in this Thai festival?

In the hours preceding sunset, take your krathong to the adjoining beach, lake or similar watery area and set it free with the outgoing tide or current. The faith being, that if the krathong floats away from you, the coming year will bring good luck, if it floats back towards the beach, then perhaps your luck may not be somewhat as you had wished.

Loi Krathong Festival in Bangkok
Loi Krathong Festival in Bangkok – Photo by TATNEWS.org

Besides the water festivities, Loy Krathong in Chiang Mai features floating lanterns at times sky lanterns too. Large paper lanterns float up into the sky just as a hot air balloon. The view is just magical.

This festival is celebrated nationwide.  All of Phuket’s major west coast beaches join in to have a good time, with a mix of locals and tourists.

Check the map, understand how to get there, confirm the dates, tips and more; take part in the beautiful traditions and have a meaningful and memorable Thailand family holiday.

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