The Festival of Light or c is one of the traditional Festivals of Thailand. The word “Loy” means “to float” and “Krathong” means a raft. This festival pays respect to the goddess of the waters and it is held near a body of water throughout the kingdom.
This year the festival will be celebrated on Thursday, 10 November 2011.
According to sgholiday.com, the following areas are popular places to celebrate this festival:
- Bangkok: Here, people assemble in large number at the banks of Chao Phraya river to float their Krathongs. Lumphini Park is also a popular place to float Krathongs.
- Sukhothai: Join the Festival in Sukhothai Historical Park. This is the place where the first krathong was said to be set afloat and is likely to be where most activities are. A beautiful sound and light show is the highlight here.
- Chiang Mai: The Loy Krathong Festival takes place along the Mae Ping River on two nights of the full moon. On the first night, the people of Chiangmai take their lanterns to the Ping River and set them afloat. Then on the second night, Chiangmai hosts an illuminated parade with large floats of beautiful Chiangmai women dressed in the northern Lanna costumes of old.