In November each year, Bangkok, Chiang Mai and most other areas of Thailand become a wonderful place full of lights. This annual festival is called Loy Krathong – the “Festival of Lights.”
Loy Krathong refers to the lotus-shaped baskets that participants build and then allow to float away on the water. These baskets may contain food, incense, flowers, coins and of course. . . a candle. The ritual is very simple: build a Loy Krathong, make a wish, and let it float away with the current of the river.
The flame of the candle signifies longevity, fulfillment of your wishes and release from your sins, so people carefully watch their basket as it floats away, hoping the candle will last as long as possible.
During the twelfth full moon, thousands of people will follow the same ritual along the rivers and canals of Thailand. . . transforming the water into an amazing bed of candles. Loy Krathong is a visually and culturally beautiful festival which everyone should see.
Loi Krathong Festival 2015
22-25 November 2015 | Chao Phraya River, Bangkok