Thai Travel Vlog Holiday, Loy Krathong Festival
Loy Krathong is a Thai Festival of Floating away Anger and Grudges on beautiful Lotus Rafts called Krathong.
This holiday occurs when the rice harvest ends and is traditionally a way to pay tribute to the Water Goddess. When creating your Krathong raft, you also put into it all of your bad feelings and grudges which are carried away by the raft and will eventually dissolve in the water. This also pleases the water goddess that appreciates peace and tranquility. As a bonus, you can have a year of good luck if your candle stays lit until your Krathong is beyond view. Or, in modern days if it reaches the area where the other rafts have settled.
Thai people used to celebrate this holiday along Klongs, which are small rivers or streams. Now, it’s much more common to see this celebrated along small lakes.
This holiday occurs each year on the night of the 12th lunar month, generally in November. In most places this holiday no longer includes lanterns due to various fire incidents in the past. There are still houses with roofs made of leaf material which can be very dry. However; in some places the holiday is still celebrated with Krathong rafts and the balloon lanterns such as Chiang Mai, Samui and Phuket.
It’s becoming much more common for these rafts to be made of bread and edible material for the fish to enjoy and Styrofoam is frowned upon for environmental reasons, but also it’s very messy short after the holiday and not fun to look at.
There are different levels of dedication that can be given to floating away anger and grudges, including hiding locks of your hair, fingernails and even money inside the raft. Last year, I saw a young boy in the water dismantling boats and looking semi-successfully for money.
If you want to have the fullest experience, that still includes lanterns and a longer 2-3 day version of this holiday, you can find it in Chiang Mai, Samui and Phuket. Stay tuned as we go to Chiang Mai next year and Vlog the full experience.