Top 50 Annual Festivals In The World - P25.Lantern Festivals In Thailand (Loi Krathong).

16-10-2017

(Wcsa.world) Thailand’s Loi Krathong festival, in which candles are floated downriver on baskets made of banana leaves and wood, is held each year on the twelfth full moon (usually sometime in November). It’s a must-see for any traveler in Southeast Asia.

Loi Krathong is a festival celebrated annually throughout southwestern Tai cultures, (Thailand, Laos, Shan, Mon, Tanintharyi, Kelantan, Kedah and Xishuangbanna). The name could be translated as "to float a basket", and comes from the tradition of making krathong or buoyant, decorated baskets, which are then floated on a river.

During the festival, people also decorate their houses, gardens, and temples with khom fai, intricately shaped paper lanterns which take on different forms.

In Chiang Mai, Loy Krathong is preceded by Yee Peng (The Lantern Festival), during which people release floating lanterns into the sky. It is during Yee Peng that you see locals' homes and public places decked out in colourful hanging lanterns and flag decorations.

The act of releasing the lantern and krathong symbolizes letting go of all ills and misfortunes in the previous year, and Buddhists also believe that if you make a wish when you set off the lantern, it will come true (but only if you do good deeds the following year, of course).

As part of this festival of lights, there are plenty of other activities that happen all over Chiang Mai. These include traditional Thai dance shows, the official ‘Yee Peng Parade’ around the Old City gate and down Tha Phae Road, live music and handicraft sessions.

According to Chiangmai.bangkok.com


Deluna Nguyen (Collect) - WCSA - World Almanac Events Academy ( Source of photo : Internet)