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31 October 2006 :: 00:10:02 am 26097

Colorful Water – Loi krathong Great Festival

The Loi Krathong Festival 2006 , the Tourism Authority of Thailand has joint with Educational Institution and Thai Boat Association to present the Electric Float Procession from Taksin Bridge to Rama VIII Bridge and the 12 lighten up buildings and historical sites along Chao Praya River
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Loi Krathong” is traditionally performed on the full moon night of the twelfth lunar month, which usually falls on some day in November. The floating of a ‘Krathong’ – a banana–leaf cup – is intended to float away ill fortune as well as to express apologies to Khongkha or Ganga, the River Goddess. Some believe that the ritual is meant to worship the Buddha’s footprint on the bank of the Narmada River, while others say that it is to pay respect to Phra Uppakhut, one of the Lord Buddha’s great disciples. 

The Loi Krathong Festival is celebrated nationwide in Thailand, especially where there are rivers, canals or sources of water, with different unique characteristics. 

As for the public, people usually make banana-leaf cups to float them onto the river although there exist some uniquely different aspects in certain communities. For example, the Yi Peng Festival in Chiang Mai, during which balloon-like ‘Khom Loi’ lanterns including the ‘Khom Fai’ – a fire lantern – and ‘Khom Khwan’ – a smoke lantern – are flown into the sky as a symbol of worship to Phrathat Chulamani in heaven. Making a Khom Loi will need a lot of artistic skills as well as scientific techniques, just like the ones used in making a balloon. Tracing paper or Sa paper is used to make air bags of various shapes. It is believed that flying a Khom Loi is like flying grief and ill fortune away from ourselves or our home. 

In Tak province, the Loi Krathong Sai Festival is celebrated, which reflects the unity of the local people. Groups of people gather at the river banks, each bringing along thousands of Krathong made fro m coconut shells with dried wicks made from coconut flesh anointed with oil or ash for their inflammable as well as durable quality. There, they sing and dance with merriment. 

The span of the Ping River that passes by the provincial city of Tak is not deeper than one’s waist, with underwater sand bars curving into different shapes, forcing the current to meander. When the lit Krathongs are floated onto the right current, one after another, they would meander along and make a beautiful and twinkling curving line, or Sai in Thai, amid the darkness of the night.

The famous Loi Krathong and Candle Festival in Sukhothai province features a procession of offerings, including Phanom Mak – the betel offering – and Phanom Dok Mai – the floral offering – carried by beautiful girls, as well as banana-leaf floats accompanied by the so-called Nang Nopphamat beauty queens. 

The Phanom Mak and Phanom Dok Mai offerings are for the homage paying rite at King Ramkhamhaeng the Great’s monument in the heart of the ancient city of Sukhothai. After that, people as well as visitors gather and float the Krathongs together on ponds, known as Traphang, inside the ancient city. The bright candle light from the floated Krathongs and the cool breeze of November together lends a pleasant atmosphere for all participants. 

Besides the well-known Loi Krathong Festival, there is another tradition that is based on a similar belief but is celebrated on the full moon night of the eleventh lunar month. Known as the Illuminated Boat Procession , the celebration takes place in the Northeastern provinces of Thailand that is located on the Mekong River. Illuminated boats of approximately 10 – 12 metres long are made from banana stalks or bamboo by villagers. The boats contain sweets, the so-called Khao Tom Mat – stuffed fried sticky rice – and objects to be donated inside, while decorated with flowers, incense sticks, candles, lamps and tinder outside. At present, the boats are created into various shapes such as important places or mythical creatures, which lend a bright and breathtaking sight when the boats illuminated by thousands of lamps are floated onto the river.

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Loi Krathong Festival activities for the year 2006

Bangkok Loi Krathong Festival
Date: 2-5 November 2006
Place: Banks of the Chao Phraya River (Taksin Bridge – Krungthon Bridge),
Bangkok Activitie: Electric decoration of ship procession to celebrate his majesty the king’s 60th year accession on the throne, Loi Krathong activities at several temples and other official departments, electric decoration along the building and ancient remains along both sides of Chaophraya River.
Remark: Enjoy Light Up and nightlife tour throughout the month.

SUkhothai Loi Krathong and Candle Festival
Date:
1-5 November 2006
Place: Sukhothai Historical Park, Tambon Mueang Kao, Mueang District, Sukhothai
Activitie: Exciting with the great Krathong procession of 17 northern provinces and from other government departments. Feast of Lanterns, ancient firework shows, such as, rocket, circular wing rocket, sparking firework, turbine firework, floating lantern, etc., Miss Noppamat Contest, “The Dawn of Happiness” Light & Sound show, Sukhothai traditional and cultural shows, Kra Tong Contest and enjoy Loi Krathong in the full-moon night at the old city of Sukhothai.

Chiang Mai Yi Peng Festival
Date: 4-6 November 2006
Place: Tha Phae Gate, banks of the Ping River, Chiang Mai Municipal Office, Chiang Mai
Activitie: A dazzling procession of hanging lanterns, Krathongs, Phi Yi Peng, as well as light and sound presentation in the Ping River, activities of Loi Krathong in the past, Lanna Thai lifestyle, Lanna cultural performances, and sales of Lanna handicrafts.

Tak Loi Krathong Sai Festival
Date: 3-8 November 2006 Place: The Sompot Krung Rattanakosin 200 Years Bridge, Tak Activitie: Enjoy cheering in Krathong Procession (Kra Thong Sai) Contest for king’s cup, lanterns procession of the royal families, royal Kratong and lanterns procession, electric decoration, light & sound show, rocket, firework and “the Legend of Kra Thong Sai” water-screen show. The longest Krathong procession, native cultural show, native foods and OTOP fairs.

Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Loi Krathong Tam Prathip
Date: 3-5 November 2006
Place: Bangsai Royal Folks Arts and Crafts Centre, Bangsai District, Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya Activitie: Enjoy lantern Krathong of Sri Ayutthaya style, Kra Thong and hanging lanterns contest, Miss Noppamat Contest, light & sound and multimedia shows, native cultural show, products fairs and entertainments.

Chanthaburi Chanthaburi Loi Krathong Festival 2006
Date: 3-5 November 2006
Place/Activity: Wat Chantanaram, Muaeng District Long boat race, Miss Noppamas Contest Contact: Chantanimit District Office Tel. 66 3931 1073

Chon Buri Siracha Loi Krathong – Candles and fireworks Festival 2006
Date: 5-6 November 2006 Place
Activity: Koh Loi Park, Siracha District Contact: Na Chom Thian Municipal Office Tel. 66 3832 2281

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Chon Buri Pattaya Loi Krathong Festival 2006
Date: 4-5 November 2006
Place/Activity: Pattaya Beach Contact: Pattaya Education Division Office Tel. 66 3837 1123 ext. 405
Remarks: Pattaya Loi Krathong Festival 2006  will be held around the Bali Hai Piere, South Pattaya on 5th September. Activities would include light, sound, color performances, as well as, dazzling shows.
the people who plan to join us in Pattaya should check up for the hotel list here
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Trat Loi Krathong Festival
Date: 3-5 November 2006 Place/Activity: Tah Reu Chang, School, Muang, Trat Contact: Trat Municipal Office Tel. 66 3951 1043 Go to top

Rayong Rayong Loi Krathong Festival 2006
Date:
4-5 November 2006
Place/Activity: Sri Muaeng Park, Muaeng District Contact: Rayong Municipal Office Tel. 66 38614 409

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : Internet   Category : Tourism News

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