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Celebrate Loy Krathong Day Festival in Sukhothai Historical Park 16-25 November 2018

Although the holiday of ‘Loy Krathong Festival‘ is now celebrated throughout the kingdom, Loy Krathong originated in Sukhothai, the first Thai capital. Loy Krathong Day Festival in Sukhothai Historical Park starts 16-25 November 2018 While particularly popular with couples who head down to any nearby body of water to light the candles and incense on their floating Krathongs, visitors can best appreciate Loy Krathong by heading to the ancient capital of Sukhothai, where the holiday was first celebrated.

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Loy Krathong in Sukhothai Historical Park, Sukhothai, Thailand – Photo: TAT (2017)

Loy Krathong is a nationwide festival and will be celebrated throughout Thailand on the full moon of the 12th month of the traditional lunar calendar. In the western calendar this usually falls in November. Visitors to Thailand at the time are bound to witness, and most likely will be encouraged to join in, the touching scenes that accompany this festival of light and water. Loy Krathong is a nationwide festival and will be celebrated throughout Thailand on the full moon of the 12th month of the traditional lunar calendar. In the western calendar this usually falls in November. Visitors to Thailand at the time are bound to witness, and most likely will be encouraged to join in, the touching scenes that accompany this festival of light and water.

Although the holiday of Loy Krathong is now celebrated throughout the kingdom, Loy Krathong originated in Sukhothai, the first Thai capital; and where the holiday was first celebrated. Highlights of the Sukhothai Loy Krathong celebration featuring light-and-sound shows, will take celebrants back in time to the glory days of Sukhothai 700 years ago, when it was the capital of Siam. Key sites have undergone a massive clean-up, including Wat Mahathat and the plaza where the King Ramkhamhaeng Monument stands. Displays of lighted candles and fireworks, folk dancing.

Opening day on Friday will feature rites at Wat Traphang Ngern with offerings made to the long-ago kings of Sukhothai.

Another highlight will be a ceremony on November 22 at 11pm in which lanterns sent by His Majesty the King and other members of the royal family will be floated on the pond at Wat Sra Sri.

At the Sukhothai Loy Krathong Festival, visitors will be dazzled by the float procession of large krathong from 17 Northern provinces (Chiang Mai, Chiang Rai, Kamphaeng Phet, Lampang, Lamphun, Mae Hong Son, Nakhon Sawan, Nan, Phayao, Phetchabun, Phichit, Phitsanulok, Phrae, Tak, Uthai Thani, Uttaradit and Sukhothai). The procession will consist of krathongs from government agencies, state enterprises, private sectors, and the general public. There are also a Krathong design contest, the Miss Noppamas Beauty Contest or Krathong Queen beauty pageant, and Sukhothai arts and culture performances. Also planned are a krathong float competition.

Sukhothai Governor Maitree Traitilanan said his province was expecting 300,000 tourists for Loy Krathong from November 16 to 25 and Bt500 million in revenue.

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