Festivals : Loy Kratong 2014

Loy Kratong, Thailand
A Kratong used for Loy Kratong.

At the end of the 12th full moon (7 November 2014) it is again Loy Kratong festival, one of the most color full festivals of Thailand ... well actually of South East Asia. Officially it is celebrated at 7 November only but at many places (like Chiang Mai) it is celebrated a few days earlier already (5 - 7 November). Loy Kratong means floating lotus flower, and Thai will float their Kratong on rivers, lakes, sea and even swimming pool. And of course make a wish for good luck. The festival originate from the ancient ritual to pay respect to the water spirits and to wash all sins away. In Thailand this festival is at the same time as the "Yi Peng" festival from the ancient Lanna Kingdom what is celebrated by lanterns (Khom Loi) that will be floated into the sky. Originally only in Northern Thailand but is seems to be fashion now all over Thailand to do after you have floated your Kratong. Enjoy a wonderful Thai festival!

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