I knew that yesterday was to be a full moon but had no idea that it had special signaficance this month due to it being Loy Krathong day.
I suddenly remembered when I saw my Niece in the back yard with a massive Banana leaf and a few other assorted items.
According to Wikipedia Loi Krathong (ลอยกระทง) takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar. In the western calendar this usually falls in November.
Loi means ‘to float’, while krathong refers to a usually lotus-shaped container which floats on the water.
A krathong is decorated with elaborately-folded banana leaves, incense sticks, and a candle. A small coin is sometimes included as an offering to the river spirits. On the night of the full moon, Thais launch their krathong on a river, canal or a pond, making a wish as they do so. The festival may originate from an ancient ritual paying respect to the water spirits.
I don’t ever remember seeing Loy Krathong being celebrated here in the village although I am sure I have been here during that time. I do remember eight years ago when we were living in Bangkok taking some visiting friends down to the crowded Chao Praya river edge to have a look before escaping the crowds back to our apartment to watch the fire works.
I much preferred it this year. So quiet and gentle. I will let the photos tell the story.