History of Loy Kratong

Loy Kratong Festival , Bangkok Thailand

Loy Kratong Festival , Bangkok Thailand

History of Loy Kratong

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A crowd with flickering light of candles and color of flowers decorating floating object is familiar scene in a
celebration occurring in a twelfth month in lunar calendar.? It is one of
wonderful Asian cultures when rivers and canals are full of water.? Since
we have been a kid, I guess everyone must be impressed with this festive
occasion in November – Loy Krathong. Most of us are convinced that floating
objects or Krathongs are originated in Sukhothai by Tao Sri Chulalak or Nang
Noppamas, who was one of Phra Ruang?s wives.? However, some assert that the
story was written in the reign of Rama III merely to advocate women on role
model of a good wife, as no evidence is found to prove the festival?s
existence.? They believe that Loy Krathong has just been celebrated since
the end of Ayutthaya.? Despite the confusing history, this gracious culture
is still alive.? People still conducts this ritual not only to worship the
footprint of the Buddha on a riverside in India, but also to pay respect to
Chulamanee Chedi in heaven.? Another well-known purpose is to show their
gratitude to the Goddess of the Water on their plentiful use of water and ask
for forgiveness in the ensuing pollution.? Moreover, many people believe
that floating the beautiful Krathong away also refers to flying away misfortune
and bad things in the past and asking for good luck in the future.?
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In the past, people in Lanna Kingdom
in the north of Thailand also show respect to rivers, but they use fire
instead.? They float a lantern like a hot-air balloon in the sky which is
called Yee Peng.? And now we still can find this celebration in Chiang
Mai.? Interestingly, people other than Thais have the similar
tradition.? Not far from us, Laos float Pratips (or our Krathong) and Lai
Rue Fai (or flowing an ablaze boat) in worship of Water Goddess.? This rite
is also used to welcome the Buddha after His return from preaching to His mother
in the second heaven.? In Cambodia, this period is called Ok Ambok which
means worshipping the moon.? They float Pratips on a full moon night as
well.? Another neighboring country as Burma has the same culture.?
They float Krathong to worship the Buddha and Nut or household spirit.?
Looking upward farther, some of us may be surprised that Vietnam, Korea and
Japan have the similar rituals too.? They apologize the Water Goddess and
float away ill fortune.? It is assumed that the origin is Mahayana Buddhism
which was expanded from China.? On the other hand, Indians claim that they
are the root of this ceremony derived from Brahmin.? This festival is aimed
to worship Naraya God who sleeps in the milk ocean and He then will throw our
sin away. ??? ?

In Thailand, people enjoy creating
their own Krathong made from natural resources, such as leaves and trunks of
banana adorned with flowers.? Some might use bread instead of synthetic
materials showing their concern for environment.? Other than flowers, a
candle and incense sticks, we often put some coins or betel pepper and nut in
our Krathongs.? And that?s why our Krathongs can?t drift any further as
they are raided for little money.? Nevertheless, Loy Krathong Festival
remains the most romantic and favorite occasion for a number of people and still
best represents our gratitude.

Loy Kratong
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