Loi Krathong in Phuket
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Loy Krathong Festival 2018 in Phuket – November 22, 2018

What is Loy Krathong Festival

Loy Krathong is a very important festival occurring every year in Thailand, it is even popular in surrounding countries. It is celebrated on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar, which is Thursday November 22, 2018. On this night, everyone goes to the closest river, lake, beach or even swimming pool to release a floating offering, hoping for good luck in the year to come.

Loy Krathong Phuket

Loy Krathong is meant to thank and apologize the water goddess as well as for good luck. Thanking her for using her water to grow the crops and support all life year round. It’s also a way to say sorry for making the water dirty. As a token of gratefulness and apologies, a small decorated round raft usually made of a banana tree trunk slice or bread is decorated with flowers, nicely folded banana leaves, a candle and three incense sticks on top.

The Krathong is then floated in the water and taken away by the stream. Couples release one Krathong each, hoping they will float away together, a sign of everlasting love. The wind often blows away the candles though…In the old days people also trim their nails and put a bit of hair in the Krathong, wishing that it will take the bad luck and illness away.

Loi Krathing in Phuket

In Phuket, Loy Krathong is celebrated on all beaches, at the Sapan Hin lake in Phuket town, at the Karon Lake and everywhere there is water.

On main beaches people also release flying lanterns, illuminating the sky with hundreds moving lights. It’s surreal and beautiful. As always when there is an event, there is plenty of eating in the street. Enjoy party and games at the local fun fairs set in every popular place for everyone to have some fun.

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Where to see Loy Krathong (apart from all the beaches)

Loy Krathong Festival 2018 in Phuket – November 22, 2018
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