Loy Krathong, is an annual festival in which we float rafts of flowers and candles. You wish your problems onto the raft and float the problems away. That's the tradition, but as so often with these things, it's an excuse for a party!
I'm celebrating it at Sisunthorn, which is central Phuket. They've taken an old mine pond and made it a venue for a Loy Krathong festival, but this is celebrated all across Thailand, so as long as you visit Thailand at the right time, it's fairly easy to find a celebration nearby.
Catch the video below to get a feel for the festival, it's beautiful, all lights, fireworks, flower krathongs, beauty contests, and food. Lots and lots of food.
The festival is on the full moon of the 12th lunar month, which this year (2012) falls on November 28th. Next year it's 17th November 2013.
The krathong is made at the temple in the morning. Well, not really, most people buy them ready made, only a few people have the time to make their own. The base floats, coconut husks, or slices out of a banana tree are popular. On top of that, layers of flowers, candles, incense sticks, paper leaves, really it just needs to look pretty and float.
I liked this one, made of the fish food sold at temples and rivers for tourists to feed the fish. Now this is one that won't clog up the waterways, the fish will just eat it!
I had big plans to make a kratong and video it, showcasing my artistic talent, but sadly I was flooded in and couldn't get to a store to buy the pieces. That, and lack of any artistic talent stopped me making it.
Loy Krathong is one of the popular Thai celebrations, well worth joining in with. You'll be welcomed, and your krathong will float as well as anyone else's.
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