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Loy Krathong Festival Nov 21, 2010

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.

History of Loy Krathong

It has been said by some that the holiday developed in imitation of the Indian Lantern or Divali festival and that the concept of the krathong originally represented the three major Indian Gods: Vishnu, Shiva and Bhrama. Thais, however, believe that the Loi Krathong holiday merged with an older Thai holiday celebrating the end of the rainy season. It is said that a queen of the king of Sukhothai, Phra Ruang, presented him with a lotus shaped krathong she had made. The king was so impressed, that the he ordered its design copied and that it be floated over the farmlands, which were still flooded from the rains of rainy season. It has come to be believed that floating a krathong commemorates the Buddha walking on the Narmada River, or possibly honors Phra Uppakhut, a devoted follower of the Buddha. The holiday is also explained as honoring the Goddess of the Water, Phra Mae Khlongka, and asking for her blessing. The floating of a krathong is accompanied by prayers for good luck and a good life and it is believed or hoped that one may float away ill fortune, bad feelings, and the bad aspects of personalities along with the krathong. To do this, people place hair and fingernail or toenail clippings in the krathong.






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