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Loy Krathong Festival Nov 17, 2013

One of the most beautiful festivals in Thailand. It is traditionally performed on the full moon night of the twelfth lunar month, ...

One of the most beautiful festivals in Thailand. It is traditionally performed on the full moon night of the twelfth lunar month, which usually falls in November. A Krathong is a banana-leaf cup containing flowers, a candle and incense sticks which will be floated away in a canal or river. The idea is to worship the river's Goddess and at the same time to float away any bad luck. This festival, falls in the 'not to be missed' category and if you believe in luck, joining in, is a 'must do'. It's also one of those celebrations that children absolutely adore and will certainly be one of their fondest memories of their visit to this part of the world. If you happen to be holidaying in Phuket, one of the more popular festival venues, when this enchanting festival occurs; (on November 17, this year), you might just have a better chance of a luck filled future. Phuket's west coast beaches generally have an off-shore breeze blowing at this time of year, which will help give your wishes a boost. How good your fortune will be, is up to you and the tides or currents during the festivities. There is one simple way to ensure that at least a little of the festival's blessing comes your way, however. In the hours preceding sunset, you'll notice many makeshift stalls selling 'krathongs' along the streets of Phuket. Buy one…or better still, buy (or make) one, for each person in your holiday party. These flower covered min-floats, complete with candles and incense sticks, often resembling lotus flowers, are an essential part in promoting good fortune during the festival. As the sun dips below the horizon and the full moon begins to hover in the night sky, take your krathong to the nearest beach, lake or similar watery area and release it with the outgoing tide or current. The belief being, that if the krathong floats away from you, the coming year will bring good fortune, if it floats back towards the shore, then perhaps your luck may not be quite as you had wished.







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