Lights from hundreds of candles twinkle on the water. Each one carries prayers and wishes sent off to float down rivers and streams. Celebrate Loy Krathong In Pai created a wonderful memory on our journey through Thailand.
Every year, Loy Krathong falls on the night of the twelfth lunar month (usually in November), at the end of the rainy season when the full moon lights up the sky. This year it was even more special because there was the biggest supermoon in years. The history behind the festival is complex, and Thais celebrate for many reasons. The main rice harvest season has ended and it’s time to thank the Water Goddess for a year’s worth of her abundant supply, as well as an apology for polluting the waters. Some believe that this is the time to symbolically ‘float away’ all the anger and grudges you have been holding onto, sometimes including a fingernail or a lock of hair is seen as a way of letting go of the dark side of yourself, to start a new free year of negative feelings.
“Loy” means “float”, and a “krathong” is a special Thai floating sculpture particular to the holiday. The traditional krathong is made from a cross-section of a banana tree trunk, which is then beautifully decorated with folded banana leaves and flowers into complicated designs.
We found many of krathongs for sale around the Loy Krathong festivity area. School children made their own krathongs and we picked 2 we liked a lot.
In the kratong there’s a candle, a joss stick and 3 sticks of incense. We lighted them and walked to the bamboo bridges on the water.
When arriving at the bridge, the people set their intentions and float their krathong down the river. If your candle stays alight until your Krathong disappears out of sight, it means a year of good luck. Our krathonhs crashed quite immediately due the powerful stream of the river. So I guess we were not that lucky this upcoming year. Or maybe we needed some more experience:).
We liked the symbolic way of letting go of negative feelings we were holding onto and set new intentions. Specially together with a powerful super moon like last night. It was a good and spiritual experience.