Loi Kratong, the Thai National Festival.
Loi Kratong is held every year on the night of the full moon in the 11th month so November. Traditionally you will see couples and or friends going down to the sea or lake shore and pushing out into the water a small floating bamboo boat. This boat or Kratong contains all the spirits of negativity and by releasing it you are releasing all the bad from the past. It is
symbolic of a fresh start and is accommanied by a renewed desire to do good and be good. It is often a time of forgiveness.
There are multiple explanations for the history of Loi Kratong. One of the most popular beliefs is that the Loy Krathong is thank you to the goddess of water - Phra Mae Kongka with water being the the primary cleanser and essential part of the growing cycle.
Loi Kratong on Koh Phi Phi
The main areas for taking part or watching others during the Loi Kratong festival is at the beaches. However the main pier at Tonsai Pier is often the center of attention. This is because you can walk out over the sea and launch your Kratong knowing that it have a chance of floating off and not getting stuck.
Loi Kratong at Coco's.
Loi Kratong comes at the start of Coco's high season which means it can be a busy period in which to visit. The guesthouse has no special Loi Kratong ceremonies as it is not near the water however many Kratong's can be seen to be made by the local women hoping to sell these pretty floating bamboo boats to the tourists. It's a good place to buy them as they are a little cheaper here than in the main village.
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