Lantern festival in Thailand
Every year Thailand cerebrates Loi Krathing, a beautiful lantern festival. The holiday is celebrated on the full moon of the 12th Thai month. That is why the date keeps changing every year.
People read prayers and send lotus-shaped containers floating in the water. They go to the local parks by the rivers and lakes to put their little krathongs on the water. These containers are normally made of bread, flowers, banana leaves and other materials. Fish can eat parts of the bread when it gets disintegrated in the water. If you wish to pay your respects to river spirits, you can put coins in your krathongs.
Last weekend I went to a local celebration in a small park by Chao Praya River in Bangkok. The park was packed with people sending their krathongs to the river.
Chiang Mai is notorious for Loi Krathong celebrations. Thousands of lanterns light the city’s sky, while countless krathongs float in the river and moats in the old town. The beautiful lantern festival attracts thousands of tourists annually.