Loy Krathong Festival
While not an official public holiday, the Loy Krathong Festival is well known as one of the most popular and romantic festivals in the Phuket calendar.
The romantic festival always occurs on the night of the years 12th full moon, which this year will occur on the 21st of November.
The festival is held to pay homage to Mae Nam, popularly known as the goddess of waterways and rivers, and has been celebrated for no less than 700 years in Phuket. During the festival, elaborately decorated (usually with candles, flowers and incense) kratongs are sent floating down the rivers and waterways in the whole of Thailand. The word kratong means a vessel, usually made out of banana leaf, which can hold items such as food, flowers and other offerings to the goddess, while loy literally translates as to float hence the practice outlined above.
While the event is celebrated across the whole of Thailand, it is traditional in Phuket to hold a special evening to allow tourists to take part in what has become a renowned magical and romantic evening, encouraging them to set their own little kratongs floating off onto the sea, taking, as the legend would have it, their own bad luck with it.
The Loy Krathong Festival is an experience no one who takes part in will ever forget