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Video: Celebration of Loi Krathong in Sukhothai

July 19th, 2008 | Tina | Chiang Mai Trips, Events and Activities, General, Thailand, Travel, Video | 2 Comments »

This video shows the spectacular celebration of Loi Krathong in Sukhothai Historical Park in 2007.

According to tradition, Loi Krathong originated in Sukhothai, the first Thai capital about 700 years ago. It is therefore fitting that Thais hold this memorable festival in the atmospheric ruins of the ancient city. Highlights include displays of lighted candles and fireworks, folk dancing and a spectacular light & sound presentation.

Loy Krathong or the ‘festival of light’ is possibly Thailand’s most beautiful festival.

The name comes from Loy meaning ‘to float’ and kratong meaning a lotus shaped boat. A kratong by tradition contains food, betel nuts, flowers, candle and a coin. The ritual is simple just light the candle and make a wish and let it float away carrying all your troubles of the previous year with it.

Having released your kratong, watch it carefully as it floats away. If the flame continues to burn it is believed to signify longevity, you wishes will be granted and you will be released from sin. It is a romantic night; couples that make their wish together are thought to stay together in the future.

As you will see on the video there are also Krathong competitions to make the most beautiful khatong.

Sukothai is definitely worth a visit during Loi Krathong. Enjoy

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2 Responses to “Video: Celebration of Loi Krathong in Sukhothai”

  1. nate
    January 10th, 2009 @ 10:03 pm

    when is this festival ?

  2. Thomas
    January 11th, 2009 @ 10:48 pm

    Hi Nate,

    It’s in November, the exact dates vary from year to year…

    There’s more information on our podcast post here:


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