Loy Krathong (ลอยกระทง)
Loy Krathong (ลอยกระทง) is a celebration of new beginnings. It’s a time when people release all the negativity, bad luck and dark days of the past year and wish for good luck and hopes for the future be fulfilled. The Krathong that are floated down the rivers are meant to symbolize the drifting away of bad luck and misfortune.
Loy Krathong takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar, this usually falls in November. On the night of the full moon, Thais launch their Krathong on a river, canal or a pond. The festival originated in the golden kingdom of Sukhothai over 800 years ago by paying respect to the water spirits and thank the water’s Goddess. But what about polluting the waters with paper, candles and incense sticks! Oh well! just close your eyes and make your wish!
In recent years, Loy Krathong has taken on a romantic touch. Couples take part in the festivities together, releasing their Krathongs simultaneously, wishing for a happy, loving future together. It is believed to be good luck if the two floats remain attached to one another.