Loi Krathong, one of the most vibrant and stunning festivals in Thailand is just around the corner.
On the 25th November, people all over the Thailand will float their Krathong (small floating vessels made from banana leafs) down a river or pond to pay respect to the Lord Buddha and seek forgiveness from the goddess of water for any misdeeds against her.
Last Saturday, on 14th November, Sydneysiders joined in the celebrations as the Parramatta River foreshore came alive with light, colour and energy.
Festivities in Parramatta included traditional Thai demonstrations, exhibitions of delicate crafts, dance performances and traditional Thai music. Visitors were able to choose from a fusion of food from across South East Asia and relax at the riverside Thai Beer Garden.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is encouraging local and international tourists to visit Thailand to experience this vibrant display of Thai culture.
Mr. Visanu Jaroensilp, TAT Deputy Governor for Tourism Products and Business said, “The Loi Krathong Festival has been practiced in Thailand for centuries, so it is a precious cultural heritage. Loi Krathong takes place during one of the best times in Thailand when there is a full moon and the weather is nice and cool. We have listed Loi Krathong among Thailand’s most impressive cultural events under plans to raise their profile into world events.”
This year TAT has listed seven venues from different regions, each of which has its own distinctive style of Loi Krathong celebrations, including Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Sukhothai, Tak, Ayutthaya, Samut Songkram and Ratchaburi.