It is just a day before Thailands Loy kratong and the old Lanna festival Yi-peng will start. It is a fantastic sight when the big parades is slowly moving true the city of Chiang Mai – it is a parade where even the most creative in the world have to be impressed.
Loi literally means ‘to float,’ while krathong refers to the lotus-shaped receptacle which can float on the water. Originally, the krathong was made of banana leaves or the layers of the trunk of a banana tree or a spider lily plant. A krathong contains food, betel nuts, flowers, joss sticks, candle and coins. Modern krathongs are more often made of bread or styrofoam. A bread krathong will disintegrate in a few a days and be eaten by fish and other animals.
A low value coin is sometimes included as an offering to the river spirits. During the night of the full moon, 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 mostly a time to have fun.
So in the day before it all start, and loy Kratong is allways on the full moon day in the 12th month of the Thai calendar, normally in november, most people go out and buy lanterns, loy kratongs, betel nuts and so on, and that really make the markets more colorful then normally. The big market in Chiang Mai, Kad Luang follow that princip to 🙂
We are looking forward to show you photos from Loy Krabtong, Yi-Peng festivalen, and also from the Kings birthday on 5th december 🙂