Asia travel photographer Ricky, travel to capital of Thailand, Bangkok. Documenting the Loy Krathong Festival in Southeast Asia.
Thailand’s Loy Krathong (or Loi Krathong) is one of the many traditional festivals of Thailand. It is an evening when Thais pay respect to the goddess of the waters by floating candlelit offerings on any and all waterways around the kingdom.
The word “Loy” literally means “to float” and “Krathong” means a raft. The raft is said to be about a hand span in diameter and is traditionally made from a section of a banana tree trunk. Throughout the years of evolution, the Loy Krathong raft has been developed to be made out of bread or Styrofoam as an alternative form.
Loy Krathong is celebrated during the full moon of the 12th month in the Thai lunar calendar and usually falls in November in western Gregorian calendar.
Thais will float their krathong on a river, canal or a pond lake. The festival is believed to originate in an ancient practice of paying respect to the spirit of the waters. Today it is simply a time to have fun.
This year the date of celebration is on 10th Nov 2011. Visitors can head to Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Sukhothai.
I will share more of my bangkok pictures of Loy Krathong fesitval and shooting experience on my next blog, stay tune.