The Loi Krathong Festival is one of the most anticipated celebrations on Thailand’s event packed calendar. The event is celebrated throughout the country and the festivities even spreads to parts of Myanmar and Laos. It is an interesting and somewhat unique festival. There are many places in Thailand where one can take part in the Loi Krathong Festival, although Bangkok, the Thai capital, is one of the best.
The festival’s name literally means ‘Floating Decoration’ or ‘Floating Crown’, and refers to the practice of releasing miniature floats on the river. The festival, which typically takes place between the eleventh and twelfth month of the lunar calendar, was originally dedicated to Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, the three main Hindu deities. However, after becoming a Buddhist nation, the festivities were adapted for the new religion.
The krathong, or float, is traditionally made using layers stripped off the trunks of banana trees and while such floats can still be found, the floats are now more commonly made out of polystyrene or bread. The polystyrene floats are prohibited in certain areas as they do not break down and end up polluting the waterways. The float is decorated with flowers, incense sticks and candles. Some include a coin for the river spirits. It is customary to make a wish as one releases the float.
In 2013, the festival will take place on the seventeenth of November. All those in Bangkok during this time should make it a point to participate in the day’s events. It is sure to be a fun and eye opening experience.
Even though it is a highly popular tourist destination, finding Serviced Acommodation Bangkok should not be too difficult as there are plenty of places to choose from. From luxury hotels to simple inns, the Thai capital offers a variety of housing options to cater to different budgets. Those planning on a long vacation should try staying at Sukhumvit apartments such as the Citadines Sukhumvit 8 Bangkok. Not only do they offer accommodation that feels as cosy as home, their apartments also boast a central location that can make sightseeing a breeze.
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