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Loy Krathong in Bangkok | And Where To Go

Loy Krathong in Bangkok | And Where To Go

Loi Krathong, the festival of lights, takes
place on the night of the full moon of the 12th month in the Thai Lunar Calendar. This changes every year for the western calendar. This year, in 2018, it will be on the 22nd
of November. Lights from thousands of candles that twinkle
on the water transform Bangkok in a beautiful magical way. Each offering carries prayers and wishes sent
off to float down the rivers of Thailand. This festival is celebrated by the locals
to thank the Goddess of Water, and ask for forgiveness for polluting the rivers. In this romantic festival, people make an
offer, called Krathong from materials of a banana tree. Topped with decorations existing of flowers,
and a lit up candle, people let it float on the surface of the river. As a result of the thousands of Krathongs,
the rivers are mythically transformed by the shimmerings of lights. Beliefs explain that in the Sukhothai Kingdom
period under king Ramkhamhaeng, more than 700 years ago, the practice started to spread
throughout Thailand. During this festival the people worship the
Thai Goddess of water, Phra Mae Khonka and ask for her forgiveness for exploiting the
river for the past year. Besides apologising, the people pray for a
fresh start by letting their Krathong carry their sins and misfortune along the current
of the river. In fact, people sometimes include hair and
nails in the Krathong since they carry their negative energy from the past. Every twelfth month of the Thai traditional
calendar on full moon, loy krathong is celebrated. The reason for this specific time, is because
the tide is at highest of the year, which is favourable for the offering. There is a theory that In the ancient times,
where farmers were forced to live close by the river. The high tide of the river during full moon
on November brought danger of flooding. The people prayed to their water Goddess,
Phra Mae Khongkha for protection of their homes. In these ages, people typically worshipped
nature Gods. This practice was likely adapted from India,
where the people worshipped their version of the river Goddess, Ganga Chalisa. Indian Hinduism has taken a certain part across
many elements of Thai Buddhism. Nowadays, Loy Krathong has become more of
a romantic event. Couples buy or make their Krathongs together
and wish to live happily ever after. If you are in Bangkok on this day and want
to experience this festival first hand, all the major parks, such as Lumpini Park and
Benchatti Park. will have an event for Loy Krathong where you get a Krathong and make
a wish. All along the Chao Phraya river, people will
be joining this festival to let their Krathongs float away. Also at Asiatique, there will be a big event
for everyone with fireworks to end the night. If you want to learn more about this amazing
festival and how the local people make these Krathong during the day, come join one of
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