In a week's time, Thailand will be celebrating the beautiful and spiritual festival of Loy Krathong. It is held annually on the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar. This year, it's on November 2, 2009.
In Thai, "Loy" means "to float" and "Krathong" refers to the small raft, usually contains flowers, candles and incense sticks, released on the river. This is a symbolic ritual for the Thais as it is believed that floating a krathong will create good luck and at the same time, to honor and thank the Goddess of Water, Phra Mae Khongkha.
For our Thai Redsters, have a good Loy Krathong Festival. We hope you liked the eCard we sent out for you:
And to those visiting - or planning to visit - Thailand at this time, be sure to witness this festival first hand. Don't forget to share your photos
and/or blog posts
about it with other Redsters who couldn't make it there. We are sure many people would love to see the festival through your eyes.
Happy Loy Krathong Festival to all in Thailand!