Festival of Light
One of the most delightful festivals in the Kingdom, Loy Krathong, is celebrated on the night of the full moon in November. Also known as the “Festival of Light”, ‘loy’ means to float and a ‘krathong’ is a small basket made from the stem and leaves of a banana tree and decorated with flowers. It also holds a candle, incense sticks and monetary offering. At sundown, Thais toss these krathongs to a canal, river, pond, swimming pool or sea, asking the Goddess of Water (Pra Mae Khongkha) for good luck in the future and for forgiveness. It’s a beautiful sight and a great photo opportunity. Chaweng Lake and Wat Plai Laem are popular places to celebrate this romantic festival. Krathongs can also be purchased from vendors in the area. The activities during this festival include cultural performances and the Nong Noppamas beauty pageant.