Loy Krathong originated from an old Brahmin festival that paid respects to the water spirits. The festival was adapted in Thailand to also show respect to Buddha. The word ‘krathong’ refers to a small vessel or basket and ‘loy’ means to float.
What is Loy Krathong festival all about?
The evening of Loy Krathong is one of the most picturesque festivals in Bangkok. It’s when people gather around lakes, rivers and canals to pay respects to the goddess of water by releasing beautiful lotus-shaped rafts, decorated with candles, incense and flowers onto the water.
What things we can put in our krathong?
Besides the sticks of incense and candles, the most common things to put inside a krathong are nail clippings, hair, and bits of old clothes. These items are used by Thai people to represent the past self and all the negative feelings from the last year.
What is the main purpose of Loy Krathong festival?
The purpose of Loy Krathong is to seek forgiveness from the Goddess of Water, so we shouldn’t stop doing it. We’d better reduce waste and use krathong made from natural biodegradable materials. In Ayutthaya, people use krathong made of fish food and bread. Ice krathong are fine because they are biodegradable too.