LOI KRATHONG FESTIVAL
NOVEMBER 10, 2011
VENUE: HUAI KRACHAO TEMPLE, HUAI KRACHAO DISTRICT, KANCHANABURI PROVINCE & MOST PLACES IN THAILAND
As the full moon of the 12th Lunar month (usually in mid-November) lights up the night sky, hundreds of thousands of ornately decorated krathong or traditional banana leaf floats are set adrift in rivers and waterways throughout Thailand. This is the spellbinding ritual called Loi Krathong or the “Festival of Lights”, one of the Kingdom’s oldest and best-preserved traditions.
The Loi Krathong tradition, as we know it today, has evolved from the royal rituals of the early Rattanakosin period when several types of lanterns were set afloat in the Chao Phraya River and its waterways. The practice was subsequently adopted and adopted by common folks.