Krathong is one of the
best-preserved traditional, romantic and most beautiful festivals celebrated in
Thailand, embellishing the close relationship between the Thai Life and Water.
This festival is
also known as Lantern Festival or Festival of Floating Bowls. It is a traditional Thai cultural festival of lanterns,
wishes and lights that will
be celebrating on 03rd
November 2017. This festival is held across Thailand. The grand celebration
of this festival is seen in Bangkok,
Chiang Mai, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya, Sukhothai,
Suphan Buri and Tak.
This festival is celebrated on the night of the
full moon of the 12th Lunar month, where people gather at lakes, rivers,
canals, and other waterways to set adrift Krathong. Loy means to “float” and
Krathong is a kind of ‘Raft’. The belief is that together with the raft, the
sins and mistakes of the last one year are been washed and away and happiness
comes along in one’s life. On this day all waters, whether rivers, lakes,
oceans, are adorned with thousands of luminous rafts.
Loi Krathong is celebrated widely in Bangkok with various kinds of
entertainment. The Bangsai Loi Krathong Tam Parthip is held at the Bangsai
Royal Folk Arts and Crafts Centre. This festival features traditional Loi
Krathong activities amidst the magnificent ruins of the once glorious capital
city of Thailand. Other activities include fireworks displays, cultural
performances and beauty contests, as well as light and sound presentations. The
festival at Suphan Buri shows a
well-preserved culture and traditions that have been practiced since the
ancient period. The festival includes Krathong procession, illuminated boat
procession and cultural performances. The tradition of Loi Krathong in Tak is different from other provinces,
the festival being called ‘Loi Krathong Sai’. The banana leaf floats are
replaced by coconut shells threaded together into a long chain and released
together on the Ping River. Chiang Mai
celebrates Loi Krathong Lanna style in an event called the Yi Peng Festival.
Apart from Loi Krathong on the Mae Ping River, Yi Peng or Lanna-style hot-air
balloons are launched into the sky.
This year, Tak
province- known as Thailand’s western frontier to Myanmar and gateway to
the Northern provinces, looks forward to welcoming visitors from 3rd-
5th November 2017 to experience warm Thai hospitality and culture. There
will be a parade where locals dress up in Thai traditional costumes to
celebrate the grand lantern procession and watch cultural performances.