Loi Krathong means "to float a basket", Bangkok, Radisson Blu in Delhi

 

 
 

Loi Krathong Festival celebrations in Radisson Blu, New Delhi
Loi Krathong Festival celebrations in Radisson Blu, New Delhi

 
 

Loi Krathong Festival

 
 

I am sure the name- ‘Loi Krathong’ has got your eye and you are curious to know about it.  Two weeks ago, even I didn’t know much about it and was as clueless as you. But then I got a mail in my inbox which talked about ‘festival of lights’ in Thailand. It pushed me to read more about it right there. And in sometime, the most concrete thought that crossed my mind was, ‘Is this like Diwali?’ The idea of it being close to Diwali came to me because in April I had got a chance to visit Chiang Mai and Bangkok to celebrate Songkran, a festival very close in feel and appeal to our ‘Holi’ in India. So ‘Loi Krathong’ read ‘Diwali’ to me in many ways.

 

 

Myriad of lights, Radisson Blu

 
 

Festival of Lights- Loi Krathong

 
 

The festival of Loy Krathong has always been held on the full moon day of the 12th lunar month. The date changes every year. This year it will be celebrated in Thailand on 25th November, the full moon of the month. The festive mood goes on over a few days.

 
 

Float the Krathong and say your prayers. This is a festival of lights and water. Karthongs are floated everywhere where ever there is water. Candles, flowers, incense , joss sticks are placed on the beautiful krathongs.

 
 

A small coin is placed on the krathong before floating it. One prays to the river and wishes for keeping away the negative things of life. It is also a way of thanking the river for supporting life. Lord Buddha’s path enlightenment is also connected to this day’s celebrations.

 
 

I would lovingly call it a romantic festival. Young men and women say their prayers,  float their krathongs and celebrate this festival together in the atmosphere of full moon and candle lights. They stay out late at night and also light up the sky by launching crackers and lamps/balloons in the air.

 
 

 
 

Loi Krathong takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar.
Loi Krathong is celebrated on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar.

 

 

The traditional krathong are made from a slice of the trunk of a banana tree or a spider lily plant.
 
 

Traditionally, the krathongs are made from a slice of the trunk of a banana tree or a spider lily plant.

 
 

Loi Krathong festival celebrations at Radisson Blu

 
 

This year, I got a  wonderful opportunity to celebrate it in ‘New Delhi’ with Tourism Authority of Thailand.’ The celebrations happened at Radisson Blu, Mahipalpur. The pool side and the lawn were beautifully decorated. There were lights and krathongs around. No less, a team of dancers and musicians flown had been flown from Chiang Mai. The event kick started with dignitaries from Thail airways and TAT, New Delhi thanking the guests for their presence. They were followed by the lovely dance performances. After the dances, there was a special Muay Thai performance. Together it all gave us a peek into the Thai art and culture. 

 
 

A beauty contest is held before the Krathong celebrations
Picture courtesy – TAT New Delhi

 

 
 

Loi Krathong in November

 
 

 

As the story goes…

 
 

It started first when the daughter of a Brahmin priest in the time of King of Sukothai (fourteenth century) had made a Krathong from the banana leaves in the form of a lotus flower. Thus, as per the traditions, Krathong is made of the leaves and wood of the banana tree. Also from breads these days so that they can be eaten away by fishes. The container is beautifully decorated with flowers, joss sticks, incense sticks and candles.

 
 

A full moon in the twelfth month is the day for the festival. Krathongs are floated on the water. They help to carry happiness and prosperity as well as take away misery.  In northern Thailand, the festival coincides with the Lanna festival of Yi Peng or Yee Peng (local name).

 
 

Loi Krathong festival celebrations

 
 

I also learnt that in Thailand, this festival is highlighted with parades, fireworks, displays of colorful lanterns, lights, colours, traditional Thai demonstrations, exhibitions of delicate crafts, photo booths, etc.

 
 

Loy Krathong, a most spectacular and romantic festival

 
 

Once the performances got over, Miss Loi Krathong was carried on palanquin to the other end of the pool site. And after that the guests released the candle-lit krathongs. The team from TAT, New Delhi helped us light the candles. We were very excited as a bunch we travel bloggers together released our krathongs together.

 
 

Loi Krathong entails sending candles and floating ornaments out onto rivers,

 
 

With all the krathongs floating on the water, the pool view was gorgeous. The colors and light shone on the water under the sky and the reflections looked amazing.

 
 

Loi krathong

 
 

And then we ate some of the specialties at Neung Roi – Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Mahipalpur. The menu was lavish. I loved the egg flat noodles and the fish. Here are some of the clicks of the dishes that I tasted for the first time that night. When I was in Thailand, I had loved eating sticky Rice with mango. 

 
 

Thai dessert made of coconut, Neung Roi - Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Mahipalpur
Traditional Thai dessert 

 
 

Thai-Yellow sticky rice, Neung Roi - Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Mahipalpur
Thai Yellow Sticky Rice with sweetened coconut

 

 

Yellow sticky rice-Neung Roi - Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Mahipalpur,
Yellow sticky rice inside the wrapped leaves

 

 

Rambutan- from the litchi family
Rambutan- from the litchi family

 

 

Custard Bread
Custard Bread-Khanom Pang Sangkaya

 

Happy Blogging!!!

Written by

Manjulika Pramod

An engineer who loves to be called a blogger more!
Traveler, short-story writer, voracious reader, foodie is the better me!
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