This Friday, November 19th, marks the Loy Krathong Festival in Thailand where Thai people would gather in the evening at lakes, rivers, canals, and beaches to pay respect to the goddess of water.
However, due to the Covid-19 situation, the festival celebrations may be limited in numbers of participants, locations, and other social distancing requirements.
As the night of the full moon of the twelfth lunar month arrives (usually in mid-November), people will gather at waterways nationwide to float their candle-lit Krathong to apologize to the Goddess of Water for creating and spilling waste throughout the year.
Traditionally, a Krathong is made from banana leaves and trunks and adorned with flowers. But nowadays, there are many alternative ways of creating Krathong such as bread, ice, and other biodegradables, etc. to reduce the waste. Floating Krathongs on online platforms is also becoming popular among young teenagers as well.
Some of the best places for tourists to experience the Festival are Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Ayutthaya, and Sukhothai. In provinces full of historical places, the luminous sight of hundreds of candle-lit Krathongs floating on the water with ancient ruins in the background is an enchanting sight to witness.
According to TAT News, some of the unique locations to celebrate the Loi Krathong Festival this year are:
The 7th River Festival 2021, Bangkok
17-19 November, at 7 locations – Wat Phra Chetuphon (Wat Pho), Wat Arun, Wat Prayun Wongsawat, Wat Rakhang Kositaram, Maharaj Pier, and Asiatique The Riverfront.
ICONSIAM A Magical Loi Krathong upon the Chao Phraya River
19 November, at ICONSIAM, Bangkok
Khlong Ong Ang Loi Krathong Festival 2021, Bangkok
19-21 November, at Khlong Ong Ang
Thailand International Lantern and Food Festival, Samut Prakan
12 November to 6 December, at Muang Boran The Ancient City
Loi Krathong Kap Kluai Mae Klong Festival 2021, Samut Songkhram
19 November, at Wat Phummarin Kudi Thong
The Twelve-Zodiac Signs Loi Krathong Festival 2021, Suphan Buri
17-21 November, at Wat Khao Phra Si Sanphetchayaram (Wat Khao Phra)
Ban Rachan Loi Krathong Festival 2021, Sing Buri
19 November, at the Ban Rachan Retro Market, Wat Pho Kao Ton
Chiang Mai Yi Peng Festival 2021
19-20 November, around the city moat and gates
Loi Krathong Sai Festival and a Thousand Floating Lanterns 2021, Tak
18-19 November, at Lan Krathong Sai by the Ping Riverside, at the foot of the Somphot Krung Rattanakosin Song Roi Pi Bridge
Sukhothai Loi Krathong and Candle Festival 2021
18-20 November, at the Sukhothai Historical Park
Long Sapao Chao Lakon Festival 2021, Lampang
18-19 November, at Sing Chai Pier by the Wang Riverside
Two-River Loi Krathong Festival 2021, Phitsanulok
17-19 November, at Thamma Bucha Road in front of Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat
Phrae Loi Krathong Festival 2021
19 November, at Phrae Municipal Office and the Chetawan Pier by the Yom Riverside
Kwan Phayao Loi Krathong Festival 2021, Phayao
17-20 November, at Kwan Phayao (Phayao Lake)
Prasat Muang Tam Loi Krathong Festival 2021, Buri Ram
18-19 November, at Prasat Muang Tam
Khon Kaen Loi Krathong Festival 2021
19 November, at Khon Kaen University
Pattaya Loi Krathong Festival 2021, Chon Buri
19 November, at Central Pattaya Beach Road
Here are more details on the Pattaya event:
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