Loy Krathong Dayis one of the most popular festivals of Thailand celebrated annually on the Full-Moon Day of the Twelfth Lunar Month. The word “Loy” means “to float”, and “Krathong” means lotus-shaped vessel made of banana leaves. A krathong usually contains a candle, three joss sticks, some flowers and coins. history of Loy Krathong Festival is slightly obscure. First, it is to ask for apology from the water goddess for having used and sometimes made rivers and canals dirty. Second, it is to offer flowers, candles and joss sticks as a tribute to the footprint of Lord Buddha on the sandy beach of the Nammatha River in India. Third, it is to show gratitude to the Phra Mae Kong Ka or Mother of Water. Fourth, it is to wash away the previous year’s misfortunes.
The festival starts in the evening when there is a full moon in the sky. People carry their krathongs to the river and canals. After lighting candles and joss sticks and making a wish, they gently place the krathongs on the water and let them drift away till they go out of sight. It is believed that krathongs carry away their sins and bad luck, and happiness will come to them. Indeed, it is the time to be joyful and happy as the sufferings are floated away.
November full moon shines Loy Krathong, Loy Krathong and the water’s high in the river and the Klong Loy Loy Krathong, Loy Loy Krathong Loy Krathong is here and everybody’s full of cheer We’re together at the Klong Each one with his krathong As we push away we pray We can see a better day.