People planning a trip to Phuket this November will be able to take part in the festivities surrounding Loi Krathong, one of Thailand’s oldest and best-preserved annual traditions.
Held each year during the full moon of the twelfth lunar month, the festival runs throughout November and will see the nation’s waterways filled with brightly-lit banana leaf floats.
Loi Krathong translates as “festival of lights” and is a tradition that hails back to the ancient past of Thailand, with some speculating that it has its origins in India, while others believe it is based on ancient Buddhist tales.
Nowadays, it has evolved into a celebration of Mae Khongkha, the goddess of water, offering thanks for the fertility of the land while simultaneously allowing participants to symbolically set adrift their worries and ill-fortunes.
Locals can be seen decorating their floats, or krathong, with flowers and incense sticks before casting them out on the water, with fireworks displays and celebrations following thereafter.
Visitors can expect to bear witness to folk entertainment, stage dramas and song and dance performances throughout Loi Krathong.
Past years have also given tourists plenty of opportunity to purchase local village products and handicrafts.
Cultural tourists can choose from a diverse array of Phuket hotels at AsiaRooms.com, including the Patong Merlin Hotel.
Travellers can find out more about this annual celebration at www.tatnews.org/events/.
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