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Loy Krathong Festival on Koh Phangan

7 Nov 2019

Loy Krathong is a festival which happens every year in Thailand and a few other surrounding countries, it literally translates to ‘to float a basket’.

The tradition comes from making the krathong (a basket) to then float on the river, sea or water source.

Loy Krathong happens on the Full Moon of the 12th month of the traditional Thai lunar calendar and the date changes each year but usually lands in November, this year it will take place on November 11th.

The krathong is traditionally made from a banana tree plant and is adorned with incense, leaves and a candle. Sometimes a small coin is placed in the middle as an offering to the river spirits and also some people will cut a piece of nail or hair and place it in the krathong as a sign of letting go.

The floating of the krathong symbolises people letting go of hatred or anger and the candle represents the Buddha with light.

People will launch their krathongs under the Full Moon and make a wish as they do so and paying respect to the water spirits.

Here on Koh Phangan, usually the best place to observe Loy Krathong is Baan Tai Pier but some resorts organise their own from the beaches, lanterns are also lit and set off into the night sky so grab a nice spot by the sea and you’re for sure going to be able to witness some magical Loy Krathong festivities.