Loy Krathong – a festival of thanks and beauty

SALA Resorts will be marking Loy Krathong celebrations at each of its resorts inThailand on Nov. 10.

Loy Krathong Day – one of the most popular festivals inThailand – is celebrated annually on the full moon day of the Twelfth Lunar Month, at a time when the weather is fine, the rainy season is over and there is a high water all over the country.

“Loy” means “to float” and a Krathong” is a lotus-shaped vessel created from banana leaves. This little vessel usually contains a candle, three joss sticks, flowers and coins.

The festival is of Brahmin origin, in which people offer thanks to the goddess of the water. During the festival, people light the candles and joss sticks, make a wish and launch the Krathongs on canals, rivers and small ponds by moonlight.

People believe the Kathrongs carry away sins and bad luck and the wishes they made for the new year.

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