Loy Krathong Festival


Loy Krathong promotes traditions to the natural way

Loy Krathong

It is one of the joyful holidays of the Thai people. It has existed since the Sukhothai period. As evidenced in the book of Thao Sri Chulalak and continued to do so in the Ayutthaya period until the present Originally, it was a royal ceremony called “The Royal Ceremony of Chong Riang, lowering the clothes, floating lanterns, delivering water”, later called “Loi Phra Lantern” and when it became a royal ceremony, it was called “Loy Krathong”.

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Loi Krathong tradition was originally performed on the full moon day of the 11th lunar month and the full moon day of the 12th lunar month. Currently, the Loi Krathong tradition is held only on the full moon day of the 12th lunar month.
This tradition is presumed to have come from India. According to belief in Brahmanism and Buddhism

Brahmanism believes that Loi Krathong to worship the Ganges, one of the sacred rivers of India, and to worship Lord Vishnu, who is lying in the middle of the ocean. one more thing

In Buddhism, it is believed that Loi Krathong is to pay homage to the Buddha's footprint on the sandy beach on the banks of the Nammathanati River. (now called Neraphudha River) is in India. Some believe that to worship the Buddha's relics contained in Phra Chulamanee, the chedi in heaven some believe To thank Phra Mae Ganga that we have lived and eaten. The water is used and I apologize to those who have thrown the sewage into the water.
Loi Krathong in the Sukhothai period used important equipment such as lanterns, lanterns (lights used for hoisting on a high pole), hanging lanterns (lights used to hang down), and floating lanterns (lamps used for floating in the water). Often made in various shapes of krathongs, which have lights or lanterns lit with oil, and there are other offerings such as incense, candles and flowers.

In addition, "His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej, King Rama IX, also went to offer firework to worship the Triple Gems in every royal temple. and cast the requiem robes He also dedicated the monks who wished and then saw His Highness listened to the people, men and women singing and dancing on the holidays as various entertainments.

Loi Krathong Festival No religious ceremonies were involved. But it will be a festival for the fun and joy of the people on the full moon day of the 12th month, which has the water intact. And it's a night with a full moon There is a pleasant atmosphere. Thai people all over the country, including Thai people in the south, like to make krathongs in various shapes and decorate them. It is equipped with various offerings, incense, candles, flowers, etc. Some people may bring rice, chili, onion, garlic, shrimp paste, salt, coins and nail clippers, hair cut, and put them in the krathong as a blessing.
in the night of Loy Krathong Various organizations and institutions, as well as the general public, like to create elaborate Krathongs to compete with each other. and used to float Some provinces may have a grand Loi Krathong event. There is a Krathong contest Miss Noppamas Contest There is a performance art by students. And there are many performances to celebrate the joyful celebration of the Loi Krathong tradition.