Amongst the most popular festivals in Thailand, Loy Krathong can be experienced on your holiday to Phuket and here’s more on what you need to know.
What to Expect
Loy Krathong takes place each year on the full moon day of the local lunar calendar’s twelfth month which is generally in November so keep that in mind when booking your luxury hotel. Phuket getaways during this time give you a chance to see this water lantern festival that is centred around water bodies; here, people launch “krathongs” which are small floating containers (normally made from banana tree bark) with candles and joss sticks in the water after sunset.
Where It’s Celebrated
As mentioned, water bodies including the sea are where you can witness the traditions of this festival including on the island’s west coast, home to properties like SAii Laguna Phuket. Those based at such resorts can also plan visits to other Loy Krathong hotspots such as Nai Harn Lake as well as the Suan Luang and Saphan Hin parks.
Experiencing the Festival
You can not only witness Loy Krathong in Phuket but take part in it too. On this day, you will find stalls that sell krathongs, generally before sunset. Many locals will make their own and apart from a candle and joss stick, these mini floating containers can also be decorated with flowers; some also place personal items like a lock of hair or coins in them in the belief that they could improve one’s fortune.
Meaning Behind the Traditions
The origins of the festival are said to go back to the ancient Sukhothai kingdom which was established in Northern Thailand. Though not a religious ceremony, many believe that it also honours Mae Khongkha, the water goddess. Launching the krathong symbolises sending away one’s misfortunes, while this tradition is also one where people make a wish for good fortune in the coming year.