Loy Krathong Festival Pattaya | 2021 Dates
Loy Krathong Festival Pattaya: Loy Kratong is one of Thailand’s most charming and romantic festivals.
It is a colourful event and although not an official national holiday it is one of Thailand's most popular traditional festivals.
The festival of Loy Krathong is held on the full moon night of the twelfth lunar month.
Loy Krathong literally means “to float a krathong”, which is a lotus shaped vessel that floats on water.
A few small objects are placed inside the vessel such as food, flowers, joss sticks, candles and coins.
The celebration involves a simple ritual involving lighting the candles and joss sticks, then making a wish, and placing the krathong on a flowing river, canal or sea, so that it can be watched as it floats off into the distance.
A great deal of time and effort goes into the beautiful and intricate krathongs.
Traditionally the float is made from the trunk of a palm tree and decorated with a variety of flowers and leaves including orchids, marigolds, and roses.
Of course the krathong must be well designed so that it remains afloat for as long as possible.
The Thais believe that couples who celebrate the festival and make a wish together will continue to have a strong relationship during the course of the following year.
And the longer a krathong floats, and the candles burn the more likely the wish will come true.
How Did the Pattaya Krathong Festival Begin?
The legend behind the festival dates back to the 13th century Sukhothai kingdom.
Nang Noppamas who was a royal consort of King Ramkhamhaeng (the founder of Sukhothai), planned to make an offering of thanks to the water spirits, at the end of the rainy season.
She made a beautiful small float in the shape of a lotus flower and filled it with candles and incense, and offered it to King Ramkhamhaeng.
The King accepted the precious gift, lit the candles and set it afloat on the river in the light of the full moon.
Loy Krathong is intended to honour the water spirits and especially Mae Khong Kha, the goddess of the waters.
The celebrations in Pattaya include parties on the beach, fireworks, light shows, folk dancing and floating lanterns.
Loy Krathong celebrates the end of the rainy season, and the beginning of the dry season, with sunny days and cooler evenings.
A great time to enjoy Pattaya and all its pleasures.
What are the Loy Krathong Dates 2021?
Dates for the 2021 Loy Krathong Festival are Friday 19th November 2021