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Loy Krathong: The Festival of Light

Loy Krathong, more commonly known as The Festival of Light is a festival celebrated on the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar. It takes place alongside the Yi Peng Festival in Thailand and is enjoyed by locals of the island and tourists from across the globe. At Banana Tree, our food is a homage to the delicious dishes you’ll find in Southeast Asia. When it comes to Christmas party venues, Milton Keynes is a popular spot and with the season of Christmas parties swiftly approaching, you’ll want to book somewhere fast.

What Is It?

It’s Thailand’s version of the ‘festival of light’ and is an annual event enjoyed by many. The celebration takes place between 21st-24th November with Loy Krathong falling on the 23rd. Like Yi Peng Festival, which takes place around the same time, lanterns are heavily featured. The Krathrong, a small leaf container, is normally released into a body of water, carrying candles, joss sticks and all the well wishes you have for the future. This ritual is something that’s not to be missed, especially if you are a visitor to the country. Most modern-day versions of Krathrongs are made out of bread or styrofoam, although styrofoam isn’t always allowed due to the pollution it causes.

The History of The Festival

Loy Krathong pays tribute to the Goddess of Water, which is why these floats are placed all over lakes, rivers or any body of water big enough. The floating Krathong is said to have been created by Nang Noppamas, a favourite concubine of Sukhothai King. She presented this lotus shaped Krathrong that she created to the king, who is said to have launched this into a river and since then this moment has lived on through this festival.

Nowadays government institutions and big businesses will compete to build the biggest krathong. Another tradition is a beauty contest that is held annually, as well as fireworks that are set off during the evening to wow spectators.

Celebrating Loy Krathong

Before sunset, locals will normally have stalls set up for selling lanterns and Krathrongs. If you’re feeling creative, you have the opportunity of making one from scratch. The festival has been passed down from generation to generation, therefore you can expect to see plenty of locals and their families enjoying this wonderful time of year. Traditionally, the Krathong is made at home with family and friends to further enhance relationships but many are now bought due to hectic lifestyles of many locals.

The Loy Krathong festival is a chance to reflect on the current year so far and coincides with the releasing of the lanterns for Yi Peng – the sight of both together is breathtaking.

This festival is a must-see just like our Christmas dinner menu, perfect for large groups, families and work office gatherings. It’s available now in all of our restaurants. Why not book a table before it gets busy? It’s an offer you really don’t want to miss out on.