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
The Old City Festival (Four Corners)
25 November 2015 | Phra Nakhon Si, Ayutthaya
Loi Krathong Sai Lai Prathip Phan Duang Festival
23-27 November 2015 | Tak
Sukhothai Loi Krathong and Candle Festival
22-25 November 2015 | Sukhothai
Loi Krathong Traditional Banana Leaf Mae Klong
25 November 2015 | Samut Songkram
Yi Peng Lantern Festival
25 November 2015 | Chiang Mai
Suphanburi Loi Krathong Festival
1-30 November 2015 | Suphan Buri
Bang Sai Loi Krathong Tam Prathip Festival
25 November 2015 | Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya
Chom Phon Phiboonsongkram
25 November 2015 | Lop Buri
Second City Square
21-25 November 2015 | Nan and Phitsanulok