Letting go: the meaning behind Loy Krathong Festival
Loy Krathong, Thailand’s annual festival of lights, usually takes place in November. However, the exact date of the Loy Krathong Festival varies each year because it is based on the lunar calendar.
It is a mesmerizing spectacle of candlelit floats floating on waterways against the backdrop of a full moon. People of all ages gather to release their krathongs, symbolizing the letting go of their troubles, negative thoughts and bad luck. This romantic and photogenic event is one of the major highlights of the Thai festival calendar and a truly memorable experience. stimulants during this time will bring good health and a clear mind.
What is the meaning of "Loy Krathong"
The word “Loy” (ลอย) means “to float” and “Krathong” (กระทง) means “basket or boat”. Therefore, the meaning of “Loy Krathong” (ลอยกระทง) is “to float a basket” of trouble and bad luck.