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5 fun facts about Loy Krathong

Loy Krathong is coming soon! This traditional Thai festival takes place on the full moon of the 12th month of the Thai lunar calendar, which falls on November 8, 2022. It is a time to celebrate and give thanks to the goddess of water, Phra Mae Kong Ka. On this special night, people float lotus-shaped baskets called krathongs on rivers and waterways to thank Mae Kong Ka for her blessings. Here are some fun facts about this unique festival. Loy Krathong 2022

1. Loy Krathong is considered Valentine’s Day in Thailand

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Although Thais widely celebrate Loy Krathong for worshiping the goddess of water, it is also considered a version of Valentine’s Day in Thailand. Since ancient times, the festival has been an opportunity for singles to socialize and meet new people for the first time. Some think they will meet their soul mates during the festival.

As for couples, the holiday is an opportunity to wish each other lasting love and happiness. Many couples make or buy their Krathong together. They also light the candles and incense, then release their Krathong together making a wish for their happiness. Many people believe that if the candle stays lit until their Krathong is out of sight, their love will last forever.

2. You can decorate your Krathong as you see fit Loy Krathong 2022

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Krathong is made from a lotus-shaped banana tree trunk using folded banana leaves and decorated with flowers. People use banana trunk and leaves because the tropical plant is biodegradable. They will turn into fish food within days. In addition, the trunk can float well on the water because it is airy and light.

Traditionally, people place a lit candle and 3 incense sticks in the center of Krathong. Flowers, candles and incense sticks are all Buddhist symbols. The flowers represent the worship of the Buddha, the candle symbolizes wisdom and knowledge, and the incense represents purity and power.
Besides the 3 essentials, how you decorate your Krathong is up to you. Most people add personal items and craft store purchases to their Krathong. Coins can also be added as an offering as a means of gaining merit, welcoming wealth, or honoring ancestors.

3. Put hair, nails and pieces of clothing in the Krathongs

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In addition to beautifully decorating their Krathongs, some people also put locks of hair, nail clippings, and even pieces of clothing into their Krathongs. Putting these interesting things inside their Krathongs is a way to get rid of negative energy from the past, as well as eliminate bad luck and misfortune. Loy Krathong 2022

4. Other countries also celebrate Loy Krathong

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Besides Thailand, other countries that have significant Southeast Tai cultures also celebrate Loy Krathong. These include Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and parts of Malaysia like Kelantan and Kedah. Loy Krathong 2022

5. Numismatics

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PHOTO: People can add coins to their Krathong. jcomp/freepik.

Since many people place coins in their Krathongs, coin collectors are common. As people float their Krathong, these coin collectors will dive into the water and stop the Krathong to pick up the coin. Some people find this act appalling. However, others see it in a more positive light – you are actually making merit by allowing collectors to take the coins.

The Loy Krathong festival is a magical event celebrated every year in Thailand. It’s a time when people come together to enjoy the beauty of the full moon, pay homage to the water spirits, and make wishes for the coming year. If you are ever in Thailand during the month of November, make sure you don’t miss this amazing festival!