Loy Krathong — The Floating Lantern Festival
In Thai, loy means to float and a krathong is a small container, traditionally made from banana leaves and a slice of banana tree. Krathongs often contain a candle, incense sticks, and flowers. The krathong floating on the water symbolizes one’s willingness to let go of hatred and anger.
On the night of the festival, Thai people make a wish as they launch their krathongs onto the rivers, canals, and lakes. Some people place hair and fingernails inside the krathong to symbolize letting go of their past mistakes and negative thoughts. It is a purification ceremony to enlighten the mind and bring good fortune.