The grand celebration took place in Suan Nakarapirom, Phra Nakhon district
Thailand is blessed with a rich cultural heritage and is home to a number of amazing festivals held throughout the year and in every corner of the land. One of the most beautiful of all such festivals is Loy Krathong which this year fell on the 25th November to coincide with the 12th full moon of the lunar year.
During this festival, the faithful head to the rivers in their thousands to pay respect to the Lord Buddha and the Goddess of Water by floating small, beautifully sculpted vessels, or ‘Kratongs’ made of banana leaf down the river for good luck and posterity. The krathongs also typically contain candles at their centre and when released en masse transform rivers into glowing, flickering spectacles of devotion. A sight that really has to be seen to be believed.
Bangkok’s Chao Phraya river forms the focal point for the capital’s Loy Krathong celebrations, with various events held a long the river’s length, from timeless cultural performances of traditional dance and music, to a flotilla of vividly lit and decorated boats and a display of over 1000 dazzling fireworks to bring official festivities to a suitably impressive close. This year’s grand celebration took place in Suan Nakarapirom, Phra Nakhon district, with activities taking place over a three day period leading up to the main festivities on the 25th.
The activities focused mostly on traditional aspects of Thai life, traditions and culture, giving visitors an interesting glimpse into Thailand’s past. Visitors were also able to take part in workshops to create their own eco-friendly krathongs so that they too could join in with the ceremonial activities.