Loi Krathong 2015 Photos

On Loi Krathong Day here in Chiang Mai, CLBS host a free Krathong (traditional floating basket) making workshop at Kad Klang Vieng which located inside the moth. Over 100 CLBS staff including passerby participated in this event.

Loi Krathong takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar. In the Western calendar this usually falls in November.

Loi Krathong coincides with the Lanna (northern Thai) festival known as Yi Peng (Thai: ยี่เป็ง). Yi means "two" and peng means a "full moon day". Yi Peng refers to the full moon day in the second month according to the Lanna lunar calendar (the twelfth month according to the Thai lunar calendar)

The traditional krathong are made from a slice of the trunk of a banana tree or a spider lily plant decorated with elaborately-folded banana leaves, incense sticks, and a candle. A small coin is sometimes included as an offering to the river spirits.

On the night of the full moon, Thais launch their krathong on a river, canal or a pond, making a wish as they do so. The festival may originate from an ancient ritual paying respect to the water spirits.

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