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One of the most-celebrated festivities especially among the Thai people nationwide is the Loi Kratong Festival which usually falls on the full moon night of the 12th lunar month.
Chiang Mai Yi Peng Festival 2015
Yi Peng or Lantern Festival is Chiang Mai’s own version of Loi Krathong. On the full moon night, participants usually let go of the krathong into rivers but local Chiang Mai people will converge to release the ‘Khom Loi’ (lit lanterns) into the night sky, creating spectacular atmostphere. Prior to the fascinating spectacle, the monks will perform chants during on-stage ceremony, making the overall setting joyful and serene unlike anywhere else. Yi Peng Festival will be celebrated during 22-26 November at the old Tha Phae Gate. This year, there will be Kratong contest to get the Royal Trophy of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Other activities include colourful parades, musical performances, beauty pageants, traditional dances, lantern-making contests, fireworks, and lots of food.
Sukhothai Loi Krathong and Candle Festival
Home of the Loi Krathong festival in Thailand, no wonder Sukhothai Historical Park in Tambon Mueangkao, Mueang district, will be the venue for biggest light and sound show, spectacularly portraying the legend of this lovely festival of lights. Other surrounding events to take place during 21-25 November include Khan Toke dinner, display of ancient Sukhothai market and traditional Thai ways of life, Kratong competition, beauty pageants, Thai classical music and cultural performances and firework display.
Tak Loi Krathong Sai Festival
Each year, Tak will celebrate the annual Loi Krathong Sai or the floating of a thread of krathongs made from coconut shells, along with the competition of floating a train of 1,000 glittering lanterns or coconut-shell krathongs for a royal trophy. The festival normally takes place on the bank of the Ping River, Rattanakosin 200 years Bridge, Tak and this year the schedule is during 21-26 November. The celebrations will begin with a day of traditional procession of krathongs. Throughout the six-day event, local and international visitors will get the chance to experience the floating of Krathong Sai, light-and-sound presentation, fireworks display and several cultural performances and contests.
Loi Krathong Tam Prathip Festival 2015
Bangsai Royal Folk Arts and Crafts Centre is the centre of Loi Krathong celebrations where visitors will be taken back to the glorious past of Ayutthaya kingdom on this atmospheric night. The celebration is scheduled during 21-25 November and there will also be the beauty queens or Miss Nopphamat contest, traditional music contest amid the relaxing surroundings of a floating market demonstration, as well as a colourful fireworks display, and art and cultural performances throughout the five-day event.
Samut Songkram: Kab Kluay Mueang Maeklong Festival
The venue at King Rama 2 Memorial Park, Samut Songkhram Province is where tourists can enjoy another unique experience Loi Krathong on the night of 25 November. Be amazed with more than 200,000 pieces of Krathong made of banana trunk as they set floats on the river, while also see the Kratong contests and illuminated boat procession which the winners will be awarded with Royal Trophy of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, enjoy Thai folk shows, Noppamas beauty pageant, kratong-making demonstration, and offering food to Buddhist monks along the river.
Ratchaburi Loi Krathong Si and Loi Krathong Sai Mon
Local people of Ratchaburi has its own unique way of celebrating Loi Krathong. According to the traditional belief of ethnic Mon people, on this glorious night, they will light the candle around the temple’s bot and viharn buildings as if giving new blessings to life, followed by the floating of krathongs made from colourful papers which will take place at Wat Sai Areerak on Chokchai Road, Photharam district. Another venue for Loi Krathong celebration is at Wat Ban Muang in Ban Pong district where visitors can see the traditional Mon style of Loi Krathong Sai, along with other activities such as Junior Noppamas beauty contest and cultural shows.