Loy- Krathong "ลอยกระทง"

Loi Krathong (ลอยกระทง) Festival every year on Full moon night of the 12th Thai month. And for this year" on 17 November 2013" 

Loi means 'to float', while krathong refers to a usually lotus-shaped container which floats on the water. 

Loy Krathong Day is one of the most popular festivals of Thailand celebrated annually on the Full-Moon Day of the Twelfth Lunar Month. It takes place at a time when the weather is fine as the rainy season is over and there is a high water level all over the country. 

A krathong usually contains a candle, three joss sticks, some flowers and coins.

The ceremony is believed to have originated in the time of King Ramkhamhaeng of Sukhothai, the first capital of Thailand, and to have been started by Nang Nophamas or Tao Sri Chulalak, the Brahman consort of the King. She was the first person who introduced “Krathongcherm”, the banana leaf krathong in the form of lotus blossom on the festival night. 

The festival starts in the evening when there is a full moon in the sky. People carry their krathongs to the river and canals. After lighting candles and joss sticks and making a wish, they gently place the krathongs on the water and let them drift away till they go out of sight. It is believed that krathongs carry away their sins and bad luck, and happiness will come to them. Indeed, it is the time to be joyful and happy as the sufferings are floated away

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