Every year in November, I remembering the most beautiful lights from hundreds of candles twinkle in beautiful lotus shaped on the water from people came out and gather around the lakes, canals or rivers to celebrate Loy Krathong with the family and to create lasting memories of wonderful time of the year in Thailand.
What is Loy Krathong? "Loy” means “float”, and a “Krathong” is a special Thai floating sculpture particular to the holiday, each one carries prayers and wishes sent off to float down rivers and streams to pay respect to the Goddess of water. The exact date of Loy Krathong is determined by the Thai Lana calendar, the date can be different each year but will fall in November. The Loy Krathong festival is one of Thailand’s vies for the title of most important holidays and festival, but it's second one from Thai New Year or "Songkran" which is held in April 13th every year.
The traditional Krathong is made from a cross-section of a banana tree trunk, which is then elaborately decorated with folded banana leaves, flowers, candles, incense, and sometime coins. Today the banana trunk core is sometimes replaced by styrofoam or bread (baked into the form of a traditional Krathong or a cute floating turtle). The banana trunk and bread krathongs are obviously eco-friendly, so better choices for environment. You will find hundreds of Krathongs for sell around the main Loy Krathong festivity areas and often we'll have Krathong contests to see who can craft the most beautiful and artistic float.