Connect with us

Thai Life

Phuket Lifestyle: Giving thanks to the goddess of water

Legacy Phuket Gazette



PHUKET: Thailand is beginning preparations for Loy Krathong tomorrow, one of the most colorful Thai festivals.

It is a time to give thanks to the goddess of water and seek forgiveness for past misdeeds.

The festival always occurs on the evening of the full moon of the 12th Thai lunar month which this year falls on November 28.

Loy literally means “to float,” while Krathong refers to the lotus-shaped vessels containing candles, incense and flowers, which participants float down rivers, lakes, ponds and the sea.

The festival also includes beauty pageants, fireworks and krathong making contests using materials such as banana leaves and trunks, coconut bark or paper. Each province has its own special features in celebrating this annual tradition, also known as the ‘Festival of Lights’.

A float can be as elaborate or as simple as you like. If you have a creative impulse to make one, try the following method:

Traditionally banana leaves are used to make krahtong, and for good reason too. They are easy to find, light and biodegradable. Stay away from the ubiquitous polystyrene foam, which takes years to disintegrate.

If you are lucky enough to have a banana tree in your garden then start right there. By cutting its bark into lengths of say 10 inches, you already have a soft base on which to place the krathong accoutrement – flowers, a candle, and a few incense sticks.

Some people place a few coins as an additional offering. The key is to balance these props well in the middle so that your krathong doesn’t topple when placed in the river.

More elaborate forms of krathong are made from weaving banana leaves into various shapes and forms, but this is best left to the professionals.

Most beaches and hotels will hold their own krathong events where guests and tourists are welcome to take part.

In Patong, TAT Phuket joins forces with Patong Municipality to hold a Loy Krathong event tomorrow that will also include a contest for the best krathong and Miss Noppamas pageant.

Noppamas was a lady of the court in the 18th Century, who was credited with crafting the first krathong. At 5:30pm a large float will start from Sai Kor Road.

The Noppamas pageant will also be held on Karon Beach. In Phuket head to Sapan Hin and Suan Luang Park for similar celebrations.

For more information contact TAT Phuket at Tel: 076 212213.

— Nanthapa Pengkasem


Get more from The Thaiger

📱 Download our app on Android or iOS
👋 Have your say on our Thailand forums
🔔 Subscribe to our daily email newsletter
📺 Subscribe / Join YouTube for daily shows
👍 Like/Follow us on Facebook
🐦 FOLLOW us on Twitter
📷 FOLLOW us on Instagram


Join the conversation and have your say on Thailand news published on The Thaiger.

Thaiger Talk is our new Thaiger Community where you can join the discussion on everything happening in Thailand right now.

Please note that articles are not posted to the forum instantly and can take up to 20 min before being visible. Click for more information and the Thaiger Talk Guidelines.

Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Archiving articles from the Phuket Gazette circa 1998 - 2017. View the Phuket Gazette online archive and Digital Gazette PDF Prints.

Follow Thaiger by email:

Crime16 mins ago

Teenagers arrested for allegedly running underage prostitution racket

Thailand59 mins ago

PM’s daughters get letter asking them to tell their father to resign

Coronavirus (Covid-19)1 hour ago

Monday Covid Update: 17,970 new cases, provincial totals

Welcome back to Thailand!

Thaiger is getting behind local businesses for the restart of tourism in Thailand - up to 50% discounts across all advertising packages!

News2 hours ago

Police bust gambling operations in Bangkok and Kamphaeng Phet

Best of3 hours ago

Chiang Mai’s 5 best eco-friendly hotels

Coronavirus (Covid-19)3 hours ago

‘Dark red’ curfews, interprovincial public transport ban possibly until Aug 31 – CCSA

Join the conversation on the Thaiger Talk forums today!
Thailand4 hours ago

The Thaiger launches the ‘I Am Strong’ campaign

Chon Buri4 hours ago

Narcolepsy suspected as cause of car accident in Chon Buri

Best of5 hours ago

Top 5 hair salons in Bangkok

Coronavirus (Covid-19)5 hours ago

Healthcare worker pleads with PM to set up “war room” to manage pandemic

Best of5 hours ago

The best backpacker hostels in Phuket

Politics5 hours ago

Official detained after spreading rumour of planned coup to oust PM

Business6 hours ago

Thai AirAsia suspends flights, cuts salaries as financial woes continue

Coronavirus (Covid-19)6 hours ago

Monday Covid Update: 17,970 new cases and 178 deaths

Phuket6 hours ago

Phuket sealed off from tomorrow in bid to curb virus spread, save sandbox

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Thai Airways in rehab, All go for Songkran | March 4

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket’s nightlife. Yes, bars and clubs are still open | VIDEO

Phuket5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid passport talks, Thai Airways heads to court | March 2

Tourism5 months ago

Phuket Thai food treats you need to try | VIDEO

Thailand5 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bars, pubs and restaurants ‘sort of’ back to normal | Feb 23

Tourism5 months ago

In search of Cat & Dog Cafés in Phuket Town | VIDEO

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Gambling crackdown, Seafood market to reopen, Vlogger challenge | Jan 21

Thailand6 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid testing for visas, Business impact, Vaccine approval | January 19

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Weekend Bangkok bombs, Thailand fires, Covid update | January 18

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Stray car on runway, Indonesian quake, 300 baht tourist fee | January 15

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Governor off respirator, sex-trafficking arrest, condo prices falling | January 14

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Chinese vaccine, Thailand ‘drug hub’, Covid update | January 13

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Bangkok may ease restrictions, Phuket bar curfew, Vaccine roll out | January 12

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Covid latest, Cockfights closed down, Bryde’s Whale beached | January 11

Thailand7 months ago

Thailand News Today | Southern floods, Face mask fines, Thai Air Asia woes | January 8