Loy Krathong festival

Loy Krathong festival

Last Thursday, November 6, was Loy krathong festival day which was one of the most magnificent Thai festivals. The date of Loy krathong is not fixed depending on Thai lunar calendar; nevertheless, it normally falls in the first 2 week on November. Traditionally, Loy means ‘to float’ and Krathong means ‘a basket’. Thai people float krathong in order to pay respect and thank to the Goddess of river which is known as ‘Phra-Mae-Khong-Ka’. The traditional krathong is made from a section of a banana tree trunk. Then, it is decorated with folded banana leaves and flowers. Moreover, a candle and three incense sticks are put in Krathong because Thai people believe that their life will be glorious like the glowing candle. Nowadays, the traditional krathong is sometimes replaced by bread which is in the form of the traditional krathong or turtle. People sometimes cut their fingernails and hair and put them into krathong as it is a symbol of letting bad luck or thought go.  As Loy krathong is one of picturesque Thai festivals, almost every place near river or pond is full of lights from thousands of candles twinkling on the water. This year, I celebrated the festival with my friends at Chulalongkorn University (CU). The university annually provides a fair around a big pond in the main division. In the fair, there are not only many food and beverage pop-up stores but also an impressive concert from CU band. What’s about you? Did you join the festival? If you answered yes, where was it? If your answer is no, I suggest you join the memorably beautiful festival at CU next year?

 

edited by Tae 🙂

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