Loi Khratong

Loi Khratong LanternsEvery year, in November, on the evening of the full moon, the Thai people celebrate “Loi Krathong”. “Loi” means in the Thai language “to float”, and “Krathong” refers to the lotus shaped receptacle that can float on the water.
This is by far one of the most interesting festivals in Thailand. The origins of this festival are still debated, but the Thais are very attached to it. They will go to great lengths in order to build the perfect vessel that will impress everyone. There are even many competitions around the country, and it is the occasion for everyone to contemplate some amazing big decorated rafts.
The traditional rafts are built with banana leaves or with bread.
In Phuket, you can head down to Nai Harn beach in Rawai, where you can find many of those impressive and very creatively designed rafts. Of course, you can find on nearly every beach around the island, many people gathering and celebrating this festival.

The ritual is pretty basic; one should light a candle, make a wish and set his raft to float on the surface of the water. It is believed that the longer the light of the candle remain lit, the more your wishes can come true. Besides the rafts, you will also see thousands of “Khom Loi”, which means floating lanterns, being released in the air with the hope of sending away any misfortune.
Some legends claim this ritual to be an offering to the goddess of water ‘Phra Mae Kongka’, and some a tribute of respect to the footprint of the Lord Buddha on the sandy beach of the Narmaha River in India.
Loi Krathong is undeniably a memorable experience and a very beautiful and peaceful evening. The legendary Thai hospitality and kindness are demonstrated perfectly during this festival.
So if you are around, do not miss it, you will not be disappointed!