Loy Krathong Festival
Flying Lanterns

The Loy Krathong festival dates back to the time of the Sukhothai Kingdom, about 700 years ago.

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It marked the end of the rainy season and the main rice harvest.

Watch the movie below of the beautiful spectacle of the flying lanterns.


This Festival is one of the most beautiful Holidays in Thailand and takes place on the full moon in November each year.

On full moon evening people will go down to their local klong-canal or river to float their krathongs-rafts.

The floats or rafts contain a flower, a candle and three incense sticks which will be lit and placed on the water.

Thai people make a wish when they let go of the float and honor and thank the Goddess of Water, Phra Mae Khongkha.

The act of floating away the rafts is symbolic of letting go of all grudges, anger and defilements, so that one can start life afresh.

People will also cut their fingernails and hair and add them to the raft as a symbol of letting go of the darker parts of oneself.

By the end of the evening, there are hundreds or thousands of flickering lights floating down the canal or river. Quite often there are also firework displays as well as shows and beauty contests known as the-Noppamas Queen Contests.

Legend tells that Noppamas was a consort of the Sukothai king Loethai in the 14th century and she was the first to float decorated krathongs.

The video shows flying lanterns which can also be observed in awe during this Festival. The video below shows flying lanterns on Loy Krathong Day.

During the night every stretch of water in Thailand will be filled with countless candles inside beautiful little leaf baskets. In Chiang Mai the tradition includes releasing these giant hot air-balloons. There are beautiful processions and celebrations all over Thailand.

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