Loy Krathong Festival, Bangkok
My friend, Anny came from Germany to visited Thailand. She came to my house on Loikrathong Day so we went to the festival together. She really like it because everything is so diferent and she never seen it before such as Krathong, and the way of thai people do before they flow the Krathong.I told her some story about it and also let her make a wish before flow the Krathong........
Loi Krathong is a way of saying thank you and apologize for what we've done to the river - it's all in honor of the mother of water, Mae Khongka, in attonement for a year of water pollution.
Its the first full moon of November that we celebrate Loi Krathong Festival.
Some locals will make their own "krathong", but you can buy one from one of the vendors. Fill your krathong with a candle, flowers, incense, and a coin. Sometimes, locals add a snip of their hair or fingernails to the krathong (so that a part of their bodies goes out to the goddess).
In November, full moon, there will be the Loy Kratong festival in Thailand. This year (2004), in Bangkok, the festival starts from 24-26 of November, many boats are decorated with light and cruise along the Chao-Praya river. You can go to piers such as Maharaj pier or Pra-Are-Thit pier to view a stunning view.
ABOUT THAILAND GRAND FESTIVALS 2002
The Tourism Authority of Thailand is proud to announce the preparation of more than 52 exciting festivals.
SEPTEMBER - International Boat Races
The most memorable and spectacular event in the Thai calendar is the glorious assembly of the Royal flotilla... truly unforgettable !
All over the Kingdom, trained oarsmen vie to win their regional race. Join them !
OCTOBER - The Magnificent Mekong River
Along the border of Laos, the mighty Mekong river flows. Along its banks, is a remarkable history, engraved in stones.
Also worth a visit is the Isarn Rocket festival in Nong Khai, the Light Boat race in Nakhon Phanom and the Wax Candle procession in Sakon Nakhon.
NOVEMBER - Loy Krathong Festival
For nearly a century, this exquisite tradition of floating candlelit garlands has gladdened the hearts of Thais. Experience the ancient tradition of the Loy Krathong festival at Sukhothai or travel North to Chiang Mai. There, the tradition is kept and the dark sky sparkles with light lanterns, during the Yi Peng festival.
DECEMBER - Thailand Extravaganza
Of all the wonders of Thailand, nothing can equal the love and respect of the people for their King. On His Birthday, all hearts are with Him. This special year is also the 220th Anniversary of Bangkok. Witness the Bangkok Fashion Extravaganza international in front of the Royal Palace and join the countdown to the New Year with the proud throng that welcomes this event.
ABOUT THE TRADITIONAL THAI LIFE
ALONG THE CANALS
I bet that one of your best memories in Thailand will be linked to the water. It could be :
Songkran, the water festival (hold 4 to 8 days in April) celebrating the Thai New Year (here we already are in the year 2545, 557 years ahead of your calendar).
Loy Krathong (in November) when the Thai people pay some tribute to the water and ask for her forgiveness for having offended her during the year.
The beautiful emerald sea of the South.
Or a boat trip along the canals.
Don't leave Bangkok without experiencing a boat trip along its canals otherwise you will have missed something really authentic and beautiful…
So how to proceed ? Let your hotel or your agency arrange a boat tour for you (request a normal boat, if possible) : this is to avoid any hassle or any disappointment (unfortunately, when you sometimes do things by yourself, you have some chance to meet some greedy operators…).
Just make sure before you start that the boat driver will slow down if you want to take some pictures (long tail boats, even if they look more exciting, are too speedy and above all too noisy).
Once you have entered a canal, observe the real traditional Thai life. You will notice that the wooden houses are all linked together, their front doors being widely open, and then, you will better understand why the Thai people look like a big family.
In the canals, watch the women doing their washing and the children playing joyfully.
Notice that there is always a temple next to the community (it takes such a big place in every Buddhist's life).
Fill your eyes with the colorful flowers (mostly orchids) hanging in front the houses. Breeze the aroma of the spicy Thai traditional Tom Yam Kung cooked inside the houses.
The City of Angels is not a past memory : it is right there in front of you. Open your eyes and feel it !