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Loy Krathong Event

November 19 – 21, 2010

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Bangkok celebrates Loy Krathong with a “Colours of the River, Loy Krathong Festival” 19 to 21 November 2010 at Suan Luang Rama VIII Park, on the Thonburi side of town.

This is not-to-be-missed experience reflects the atmosphere of a traditional Loy Krathong festival dating back to the historical, golden era known as Rattanakosin.
Held on the full moon night in November the festival is essentially a family affair celebrated nationally in every province.
In Bangkok, celebrations focus on cultural performances, traditional markets, and illuminated boat parades along the Chao Phya River from the Krungthep Bridge to Krung Thon Bridge.
But travellers to six other tourist destinations will be equally impressed by the traditional renderings of a festival that focuses on giving thanks for the gifts of water and life.

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Places to be to celebrate Loy Krathong:

1. Sukhothai Loy Krathong and Candle Festival.

2. Loy Krathong Sai Festival, Tak, features 1,000 krathongs made from coconut shells that are floated on the River Ping near the bridge in Tak town. This festival also features a light-and-sound presentation displayed on a giant screen standing on a river raft. Other attractions include a beauty pageant and a bazaar of local handicrafts.

3. Yi Peng Festival, Chiang Mai combines two traditions — Krathongs floated on the river and lanterns that are launched into the sky to worship Phrathat Chulamani. There are also street processions and cultural performances.

4. Loy Krathong Tam Pratheep Festival, Bang Sai Royal Folk Arts and Crafts Centre, Ayutthaya province.

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5. Mae Klong Banana tree trunk Loy Krathong Festival, Amphawa district, Samut Songkhram province.

6. Southern Colourful Lanterns in Hat Yai district, Songkhla province.

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