When is Loy Krathong 2018 (Dates)

Loy Krathong, an all important holiday in Thailand, is usually celebrated in November annually, when the weather is perfect after the monsoons. Loy Krathong is considered to be one of the most beautiful holiday festivals in Thailand that attracts hundreds of thousands of people annually. During this Thai festival, visitors will see lights from a large number of candles, each carrying prayers and wishes of locals, twinkle on rivers and streams.

Loy Krathong 2018 Dates

The Loy Krathong festival in Sukhothai. Everyone is sending a krathong. Photo by TAT

The word “Loy” literally means to float, and Krathong, is a lotus-shaped vessel made from banana leaves, banana trunks and lotus petals. The banana leaf cup is loaded with a candle, coins, flowers and incense sticks to ensure a promising life for the locals. During the Loy Krathong festival in Thailand, you’ll find hundreds of people at the riverside making a wish for an auspicious life before floating their Krathong on the water. This Thai festival is believed to bring forth good fortunes and an offering to the Goddess of the River. Others believe that the Loy Krathong festival is to reverence PhraUppakhut, one of the great disciples of the Lord Buddha.

One of the most important activities of the Loy Krathong festival is The Noppamas Queen Contest also known as the Beautiful Queen Contest. It is believed that Noppamas, Lithai’s chief royal consort, was the first to have built a Krathong and launched it on the soft currents of the river. This Thai festival is celebrated with loads of energy and enthusiasm by locals. Majority of the hotels and amusement parks in Thailand are usually filled with lots of people during the Loy Krathong festival. Other delightful activities include dance parades, folk entertainment, light and sound presentations and cultural performances.

Come November 22, 2018 and Thailand celebrates the Loy Krathong Festival 2018. It usually starts in the evening especially when the moon is full. It is believed that all their sufferings are floated away while celebrating this festival. If you are planning your next trip to Thailand, then this festival is a must-see for everyone, including the young and old. Tourist calendars in Thailand list the Loy Krathong festival annually, to ensure that you are at the festival on the 3rd day in the month of November 2018 to celebrate joy and happiness with the Thai people.

Loy Krathong Festival

Loy Krathong Festival in Bangkok – Photo by TAT

Loy Krathong festival is a perfect time for vacationing in Thailand with family and friends, and it promises to leave long lasting memories of your tour to this beautiful country.