Loy Krathong | ลอยกระทง


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Loi Krathong or Loy Krathong (Thai: ลอยกระทง) is a festival celebrated throughout the country on the full moon night of the of the twelfth lunar month every year.

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Loi (ลอย) means “to float”, while krathong (กระทง) has various meanings, but in this case it refers to the small floats adorned with banana leaves, flowers, candles and incense sticks. Although Styrofoam krathongs exist, they are traditionally made from biodegradable materials.

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On the night of Loy Krathong, Thais launch their krathong on a river, canal or a pond making a wish as they do so. The purpose of the ritual is to pay respect to the water spirits and to let go of past misfortune or negativity, asking for good luck in the future.

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