The full moon of the twelfth lunar month lights up the night sky(usually in mid-November) and all of Thailand begins celebrating the Loi Krathong Festival, “The Festival of Lights”. They decorate Krathong (banana leaf floats) with fresh flowers, incense and candles. The candles are lit and the floats are released to the rivers and waterways while fireworks light up the nights sky. A tradition from Northern Thailand was also adopted-the release of lanterns into the nights sky. The release of both the floats and the lanterns symbolize a giving away of problems, worries and ill-fortunes. For the romantic, it’s a time to wish for happiness as a couple and success in love.
I was lucky enough to participate in the Loi Krathong Festival a few years ago. After I released my lantern and gave my worries away, I took a mental image so that I would never forget that absolutely breathtaking moment. Don’t miss seeing the skies and waters become one with twinkling lights!