Thailand water festival in November - “Loy Krathong”

There are a lot of traditional festivals associated  with living of Thai people in every month of year. Among those, The “Loy Krathong”  celerated in November is well known as one of the biggest festivals in Thailand.






Loy Krathong”
  translated as “float basket flower into the river. This fesitival is an occasion in which Thai people present their appology for the goddess of water that protects “PraMae Kongka” river (Thailand influenced from Hinduism),  showing their gratitude on their plentiful use of water and asking for forgiveness in the ensuing pollution. Loy Krathong was believed to be first created by Tao Sri Chulalak (or other name : Nang Noppamas) in Sukhothai Era.  In this festival, floating basket flower into the river is an important activitie. Then, people also celebrate a beauty contest among Thai girls named “Nang Noppamas”.  The winner is the most beautiful and outstanding girl in Thai traditional dresses.

An indispensable object in the Loy Krathong festival is "Krathong"

Here’s how to make a “Krathong

1. Chose a banana tree then cut it into the size that you want to make your Krathong (Thailand is currently made from bread or from Eco-friendly material)




2. Cut banana leaves to the size of a banana tree that had been cut 
previously.





3. Roll  banana  leaves  and  stick on over Krathong.











4. Then, bring the various types of flowers (lotus is a popular choice) decorated until getting a  fully made Krathong.




Some believe that put hair, piece of nails, or some money into the Krathong can help people to release the poor thing  to the river.


5. Then bring the incense and candles embroidered down the middle Krathong.





6. Pray and make a wish from the goddess of water. Then bring Krathong float to the river.



 



Especially, there is song that played in this festival named "Ramwong wan Loy Krathong".

Click here for the song :
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RFq5yvDYe0 


Piyanart Chuanchoey - Sandy
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