Loi Krathong – one of Thailand’s biggest festivals - takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar. Thanks to the Tourism Authority of Thailand, we are to witness the celebrations of Loi Krathong in full swing along the Chao Praya River of Bangkok.
“Loi” means “to float” and a “krathong” is traditionally made from a section of banana tree trunk. A krathong is usually decorated with elaborately-folded banana leaves, flowers, candles and incense sticks. A coin is placed within the krathong as an offering to the river spirits.
Tonight, with the full moon shining right above our heads, our bunch of bloggers get to experience the traditional Thai festival. Each of us first light up our krathong’s incense and candle and then set it afloat onto Bangkok’s biggest river, the Chao Praya. The festival is believed to originate in an ancient practice of paying respect to the spirit of the waters.
As we sail along the choppy waters of the Chao Praya River, brightly lit float boats specially decorated for the Loi Krathong festivities are on display. Bangkok’s stunning landmarks are blanketed in a golden glow as they stand by the river’s edge in their full glory. From the water, Bangkok’s sheer beauty is evident. I think I might already be falling for Bangkok, who isn’t?