Loy Krathong is being celebrated annually on the 12th Lunar Moon of the Thai calendar, right after the monsoon season. Loy Krathong is a Thai term for floating a decorative banana trunk. “Loy” means to Float and “Kratong” means lotus shape vessel made of banana leaves. This annual festival purpose is to pay respect to the spirits and thanks to the Water Goddess, Phra Mae Khongha for the abundance of water in the past year.
On the eve of the full moon, people gather altogether to the river to light candles on their “Krathong” that full of flowers, incense and candles, then release it to the open water like sea or river. Some people include their lock of hair, nail clippings, coins or a simple message on a piece of paper to bring some fortune.
It is believed that Loy Krathong or the Festival of Lights or originated in the ancient city of Sukhothai, in the northern part of Bangkok. Nang Noppamas is the first person in history in Thailand to float the Kratong. She is the beautiful consort of the king of Sukhotai. King Ramkhamhaeng was so impressed by the beauty of consort and kratong and that he made it into an annual festival. Up to this date, Thai people held an annual beauty contest known as Noppamas Queen Pageants.
This is one of the most joyful and celebrated festivals in Thailand. The colorful festival attracts numbers of tourist, it such a beautiful view to see a lot of floating bright handmade vessels onto the water or Lantern Yi Peng in the sky (lanterns being release in the sky which is more celebrated in Chiang Mai).
If you would like to experience this festival, you have to book your hotel and tickets in advance as foreigners flocks to the island to celebrate this with the locals.