It’s a major Thai festival. Loi Krathong was celebrated in Phitsanulok with great fervor. Krathong is a small float made out of banana leaf and flowers. A candle and incense sticks are stuck into the center of the Krathong. The legend has it that a Thai princess in the Ayuthaya period first made a Krathong and left it to drift away in a river. The tradition continues and Thai people float krathong in some flowing water usually a river. The belief is that a whatever you wish for comes true after the Krathong is left in the river to drift away.
Yesterday the 17th of November was Loi Krathong and people thronged the banks of the Nan river next to “Wat Yai” temple. It was quite a scene, the road leading to the Wat was lined with motorbikes, people were streaming through the sidewalk. A small path led to a stairway going down to the river. The main road was decorated with bright lights. The smell of grilled meats and other food filled the air. There were many Farangs (foreigners staring away and experiencing this celebration of Loi Krathong). Interestingly, this festival is not unique to Thailand. It is also celebrated in Burma, Cambodia, Laos and in India, although the name of this festival may differ in other countries.
There was a unique service at the point where the Krathongs were set afloat. An enterprising Thai man in his mid twenties was taking Krathongs and leaving them further up stream for a small fee of 20 bahts.