Video of Loy Krathong in Hua Hin
Loy Krathong is one of Thailand’s most colourful and celebrated festivals. It is celebrated on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the Thai lunar calendar (which usually falls in November on our Western Calendar).
A krathong (“a basket to be floated on water”) is made from a slice of the trunk of a banana tree and is decorated with banana leaves, incense sticks, and a candle. On the night of the full moon, Thais have a parade featuring beautiful floats, colorful traditional costumes as well as lots of singing and dancing. They then launch their krathong on a river, canal or the ocean, making a wish as they do so. The tradition originates from an ancient ritual paying respect to the water spirits.
Parade days differ slightly from city to city – here in Hua Hin the 2014 festivities were held on November 5th. Here is a short video with some of the highlights from a very impressive parade (our favorite floats at the 1:40 and 2:37 marks).