23 NOVEMBER 2018
at Tao Garden Health Spa & Resort

Celebrate our annual Loy Krathong Festival with a gourmet International Buffet and Thai Performance.
Welcome Drink, International Buffet, Thai Performance, Floating Krathong and Flying Lantern

The Event on that day is compulsory: For residence guest is THB 1,000 and non-residence is THB 1,500. What they will get from that day

– A complimentary 1 Bannana leaf Traditional Krathong
– A complimentary of Mor Hom shirt (100% cotton with dye indigo) from Prae province
– A complimentary Baan Bor Sang traditional fan

Program :

– 18.00 pm. Warm welcome and start with appetizer and enjoy dinner.
– 19.20 pm. Thai performance 3 show continues at Dining Hall Terrace
– 19.45 pm. Floating the Banana leaf Krathong
– 20.15 pm. Flying the Lantern 1 for each guest.

For enquiries or reservations, please call 053-921200
Or e-mail : reservations@tao-garden.com

History of Loy Krathong

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On the full moon night of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar, Thais celebrate one of the most beautiful festivals known as Loy Krathong. It usually falls in the month of November when the tide is at its highest in the whole year.

Loy Krathong
Loy means to float and krathong means lantern or little vessel made in resemblance of a lotus flower. Loy krathong is the festival where people float candle-lit lanterns in the water – mainly in rivers, canals, ponds and the sea on the full moon night of the 12th lunar month.

In the past, lanterns were usually made of a piece of sliced banana-tree trunk, which floats on the water. It was then decorated to resemble a lotus flower. Intricately folded banana leaves, in the shape of lotus petals, would be gathered around the circular edge to form the shape of an open lotus flower.

Then a candle, 3 incense sticks and beautiful flowers would be put inside the lantern. Today you can find lanterns made from styrofoam, baked flour and other materials. Among various types of lanterns, the baked flour kind has become quite popular because it also feeds the fish in the river.

The Purpose of Loy Krathong
There are several reasons to float lanterns during the Loy Krathong festival, but the most common ones are:

  1.  To thank the Goddess of water Phra Mae Khongkha for letting us use water in our daily lives and to apologize to her for polluting it when showering and washing, etc.
  2.  To pay respect to the Buddha footprints on Nammatanati river bank in India.
  3.  To symbolically let go of unhappiness and sickness we put a coin, fingernail or a strand of hair in the lantern with the candle, incense sticks and the decorated flowers. Then, we let the lantern float away…
By showing respect to the Goddess of Water, we stop for a moment to think of the benefits we receive from it. At the same time, we can reflect whether we ever waste or pollute water and learn to use it more wisely.

The Origin of the Loy Krathong Festival
This festival is believed to have originated in the Sukhothai reign. The first person to ever create and float a lantern in a river was the chief consort of Phra Ruang, the King at that time. Her name was Nang Noppamas and later on she was entitled princess Tao Srijuralak.

Since the king was really impressed with her creation of the lantern, he stated that this practice should be continued yearly from now on.
 
 Activities
There are two main activities during Loy Krathong festivals including a beauty contest known as Noppamas Beauty Contest and a lantern contest. Fireworks, performances and other types of entertainment are common too.

Other than that it is one of the days when Thais enjoy themselves. There is a Loy Krathong song for this special day and Thais enjoy dancing Thai dances to the rhythms of this song.

Noppamas Beauty Contest
This is the main attraction for visitors. Noppamas represents Princess Srijuralak who was the first person to ever create a Loy Krathong lantern. The contestants dress in traditional Thai costumes from different eras.

Watching this beauty contest is like going to a grand traditional Thai costume-fashion show. Each contestant will be asked a question about the Loy Krathong tradition. The judge will give points based on the costume, the wit and manner of the contestants.

Lantern Contest
The lanterns can be very elaborate and are judged on materials, creativity and workmanship. Each lantern can take a team over a month to complete and the best lantern wins a prize.

Where to Celebrate the Loy Krathong Festival?
The Loy Krathong Festival is celebrated in every part of Thailand. There are usually a few festivals in each province. Each is arranged by either the local government or private organizations.

However, the most well known festivals are in the following cities: Bangkok, Sukhothai, Chiang Mai and Taak. Each venue features its own unique traditions. Please note that the locations and activities may vary from year to year. So, it’s a good idea to check with the local tourist office beforehand.

The festivities usually span over a few days, while the most important activities are held on the last day which is Loy Krathong day. Certain big hotels located by rivers also offer special dinners with entertainment on Loy Krathong night.

If you plan to visit Thailand in November, here are the provinces that offer unique Loy Krathong Festivals you wouldn’t want to miss.

Bangkok

Location: Along the Chao Phraya River.

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Activities:
– Watching floats of decorated lit-up boats
– Watching cultural shows
– Observing how to make traditional Thai food
– Shopping in a traditional Thai market

Sukhothai

Location: Sukhothai Historical Park.

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Activities:
– Watching a light and sound performance
– Sukhothai arts and culture Performances.

 Chiangmai

In Chiangmai the Loy Krathong festival is known as Yee Peng Chiangmai.

Location: The Old City Moat or ku muang derm.

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Activities:
– Listening to Thai-Western fusion music
– Launching sky lanterns
– Learning Thai handicrafts
– Tasting Northern Thai dishes

Taak

In Taak the Loy Krathong festival is known as Loy Krathong Sai which refers to floating the lanterns in lines.

Location:Ping River

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Activities:
– Floating coconut-shell lanterns in lines
– Watching cultural entertainment
– Observing traditional Thai costumes
– Shopping for local handicrafts

Enjoy our colorful Loy Krathong Festival!