3 provinces, 3 unique styles of Loy Krathong

3 provinces, 3 unique styles of Loy Krathong

celebrating the beauty of Thai Culture

The Beauty of Loy Krathong Festival

“On the Full Moon of the 12th lunar month, water overflows the banks.”That’s the translation of the lyrics of the Loy Krathong Festival song, a signature song that you will hear all day during the Loy Krathong festival. Just as the lyrics describe, Loy Krathong is celebrated on the Full Moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar, which also signifies the high tide period of the year. This year, Loy Krathong Day is celebrated on Friday, 3 November 2017.

It remains unclear as to when this festival originated. However, it is believed that the festival dates back to the reign of King Ramkhamhaeng. According to the first Ramkhamhaeng inscription, the festival was celebrated by lighting candles and lanterns and was described as the biggest festival in the Sukhothai era.

3 provinces, 3 unique styles of Loy Krathong

The highlight of the Loy Krathong festival is, of course, the time to “Loy Krathong” or “to float a basket”. We can see people floating their flower baskets made of different kinds of environmentally-friendly materials ranging from banana trunk and leaves, the most favorite, to bread, which can later become food for the fish. If we look deeply into the Loy Krathong festival, we can see that different provinces have their own signature ways to celebrate this annual festivity. So, here are the top 3 carnivals celebrated in 3 different provinces during the Loy Krathong festival you cannot miss.

Yee Peng festival: Chiangmai province

Yee means “two” and Peng means “full moon” So, Yee Peng festival is celebrated on the full moon night in the second month of Lanna lunar calendar. In the northern part of Thailand, especially in Chiangmai, people celebrate Yee Peng festival by releasing floating lanterns into the sky. The act of releasing the lantern is believed to be a representation of letting go of all misfortunes and sadness. The picture when thousands of floating lanterns light up the night sky is very picturesque capturing both Thai and international tourists’ hearts.

Date: 3-4 November, 2017 from 7 p.m. to 1 a.m.
Location: Nawarat Bridge

Krathong Sai Festival: Tak province

Tak province is the only place in Thailand that celebrates Loy Krathong festival in an exclusive way called “Krathong Sai”, the tradition that perfectly combines Buddhism and folk wisdom together. “Krathong Sai” is made of a train of thousands of coconut shells with candles. Locals launch “Krathong Sai” down the Ping River passing through Tak province. The candle light from the long train of Krathongs is vibrant and mesmerizing.

Date: 3-7 November, 2017
Location: Bangkok Bicentennial Bridge

Loy Kratong and the Thai Bonfire: Sukhothai province

As the origin of Loy Krathong festival, Sukhothai is the place not to be missed. The “Loy Krathong and the Thai Bonfire” is greatly celebrated annually. The festival revives the old Sukhothai ambience and includes many cultural activities including lantern parade and Miss Noppamas beauty contest.

Date: 1-5 November, 2017
Location: Sukhothai historical park

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