Loi Kratong Festival

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I'm so glad today to see Google logo shown like above. Some foreigners like you might be wonder and thought 'What is this?' These are Krathongs (in Thai), which we float in Loi Krathong & Candle Festival.

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     Loi Krathong festival is a Thai tradition which has been conducted for a long time ago. Loi Krathong has been held since the middle of the eleventh to the middle of the twelfth lunar month, which is a great flood season- especially on the full moon night of the twelfth lunar month. When the moon shines at night, it makes rivers clear. It is very beautiful scenery which is suitable for floating krathong.

The reasons for Loi Krathong in Thailand can be concluded that:-

    1. To ask for forgiveness Pra Mae Khongkha because we use and drink water. Moreover, we often throw rubbishes and excrete wasted things in the water.
     2. To worship the foot-print of the Buddha on Nammathanati River beach in India.
     3. To fly away misfortune and bad things like floating sin- Bhrama ceremony.
     4. To pay respect to Uppakhud whom mostly northern villagers show their gratitude for. According to legend, he was a monk who had supernatural to kill Mara. 

Krathong could be made from anything else such as banana leaves, banana trunks, coconut barks, paper, and etc. Stuck with incense stick and candle to make a wish and float it in the river.

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