Loi Krathong is one of Thailand’s most important festival and it falls on the night of the full moon of the 12th lunar month.
“Loi” means float, and a “Krathong” is a special circular floating raft which elaborately decorated with folded banana leaves, incense sticks and candles along with flowers in an intricate towering design.
In collaboration with Roam Resorts & Hotels and as special guests from Tourism Authority of Thailand. I was soo honoured I got to spend this incredible experience with my fashion bae, Ashley @miss_gunner from missgunner.com. We ate, drank, explored and paid our respects in this beautiful city of Bangkok.
From Siam@Siam Design Hotel Bangkok, we made our way to Santichaiprakarn Park in the heart of the old city, to learn about the history of Loi Krathong and saw performers in traditional Thai costumes taking part in traditional activities against the glorious backdrop of the Rattanakosin temples. There was the opportunity to make krathongs, try traditional food and enjoy the atmosphere of the charming riverside park.
Located at the northern tip of Rattanakosin Island right next to Chao Phraya river, this park is a precious, intimate green jewel. Though modest in size, the park wins over many hearts with its location – one can drop by and admire the river vista for hours.
The annual ceremony is a time of special celebration in Thailand. Based on many beliefs both Brahmanism and Buddhism in terms of paying respect and dispelling bad luck. And this year, the Loi Krathong festival fell on 14 November, the night of the super-moon.
We give thanks to the Brahman Goddess Kongka or Ganga (Goddess of the river), as we (the people) use the water. When you light your candle and if it continues to burn as it floats away, it’s considered to be a sign of good luck for the upcoming year. It has been said that, to get rid the past year’s anger and negativity. Some Thais place locks of hair of scraps of nails in their Krahtong to symbolically let go of their burdens.
For romantics, this festival is often referred to as the Thai Valentine’s Day. Couples often set Krathong’s into the water together. If the the candle continues to burn off in the distance, it’s believed that love is be everlasting.
At one point we were ushered to our seating, away from the pubic with other respected VIPs – I never felt so offical. The evening procession started with the Chairperson welcoming all distinguished guests and pay respects to the passing of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
Following that we had the opportunity to float our krathong onto this makeshift water-slide before it entered the river.
For those hotel guests who didn’t make it to the festival, they got to enjoy the Loi Krathong festivities around the hotel, with staff dressed in their traditional costumes and were given a personal krathong in the lobby. For all guests receiving the Krathong headed up to the Infinity Pool for a mini ceremony and float at 7.30pm. So naturally when we returned, it wanted to participated and had a second go.
Made a wish and prayer to carry away my troubles for the year and open my heart to bring in good luck for the future. On the night of the super moon, it was an experience I will take with me.