Thailand: Loy Krathong, a.k.a. the Festival of Lights

Holidays + Festivals

The Festival of Lights, a.k.a. Loy Krathong, is one of Thailand’s most awe-inspiring festivals. On this night, lanterns are set adrift on water and afloat into the sky creating a breathtaking spectacle.

Loi Krathong is one of the most important festivals in Thailand. Also known as the Festival of Lights, it takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month on the Thai lunar calendar.

Floating Lanterns

On this evening, Thais set incense, flowers, and candles atop little rafts, which are known as krathong in Thai, setting them adrift on rivers, canals, and ponds.

Making a Wish

Before they set the floating lanterns adrift, devotees make a wish, believing that the rafts will ‘float away’ their problems as they float off into the distance.

Aerial Hazard

In addition to floating rafts on bodies of water, Thais also launch flying krathong into the air, which can be a spectacle to behold.

Unfortunately, the large number of flying krathong can prove hazardous to air traffic.

As a result, the military junta now ruling Thailand has warned that anyone releasing krathong near airports will be subject to life imprisonment – or even the death penalty.



2 Replies to “Thailand: Loy Krathong, a.k.a. the Festival of Lights”

  1. Sorry I missed out on it this year. I have seen the flying Krathong released into the air in Koh Samui. Vendors sell them on the beach. But my friend says they are a real hazard for airplanes and they can also land of people’s homes and cause fires.

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