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10 October 2007 :: 11:10:44 am 26659

Pattaya Loy Krathong Festival 2007

Deputy Mayor of Pattaya city, held a press release for Krathong Contest for this coming Loy Krathong Festival 2007,which will be on the night of 24 November. Materials for making a Krathong must be from natural only.
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On 10 October 2007, at 10.00 AM, Mr. Watana Janthanawaranon, Deputy Mayor of Pattaya city, held a meeting for readiness to organize Loy Krathong Festival 2007. There were many people joined the meeting.

Pattaya city would like to invite the people to join the Krathong Contest on the full moon night of 24 November, at Larn Bho, Naklua. All Krathongs must be made of natural materials.

PRIZES:
The first prize for the most beautiful Krathong is 10,000 baht.
The first runner up is 7,000 baht.
The second runner up is 5,000 baht.
Honorable prize are three prizes with 2,000 baht each.
There will be subsidy of 3,000 baht for each team.

This year, there are three categories for the contestant:
1. Primary school, not over Grade 6.
2. High school, not over level 3 and
3. General people.

The rules for the Krathong contest are: All Krathongs must be made of natural products and all materials prepared by the teams. The diameter must not less than 12 inches. The form of Krathongs are free design. The contestants must dress up in traditional Thai dress. The time of making a Krathong is four hours.

Any people who wish to enter the Krathong Contest 2007, can apply the application at Youth and Child activities, at Education office, Pattaya city, from now on until 24 November at office hours.

For more information: Tel. 038 – 253220, 038 – 253231

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LOY KRATHONG HISTORY:

The Loy Krathong festival dates back to the time of the Sukhothai Kingdom, about 700 years ago. It marked the end of the rainy season and the main rice harvest. It is based on a Hindu tradition of thanking the water god for the waters. The farmers of Sukhothai used to hold a festival of floating candles. One year, a beautiful woman called Noppamas, who was the chief royal consort, made some special lanterns for the festival. She made them from banana leaves and shaped them like lotus flowers. The king was impressed with what he saw, so he announced that krathongs would be floated on the water every year from then on. Today, the memory of that woman who made the first krathong is remembered in a beauty contest called “The Noppamas Queen Contest”

Loy Krathong festival is one of the most beautiful and popular festivals in Thailand which is held annually on the full moon night on the 12th lunar calendar. This year the festival is in the evening on 24th to 25th in November 2007

Reporter : PDN staff   Photo : PDN staff   Category : Announcement News

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