Loi Krathong is a Siamese festival (of lights) celebrated in Thailand and in neighboring countries on the day of the full moon in the 12th month of Thailand’s traditional lunar calendar. It usually takes place in November. “Loi” means “to swim” or “to float”, and a “Krathong” is a small raft typically made from part of a banana tree trunk or a spider lily plant. Modern krathongs are more often made of bread. The raft is decorated with elaborately-folded banana leaves, flowers, candles and incense sticks. Companies, schools and other organizations often build larger and technically complex Krathongs, which are often peer reviewed and judged in beauty pageants. The rafts symbolize the importance of letting go all anger, resentment and negative thoughts so that life can be begun anew.
Happy Loi Krathong 2018!