Loi Krathong is celebrated during the full moon of the 12th month in the Thai lunar calendar and usually falls in November in western Gregorian calendar. This year, Loi Krathong 2011 will be celebrated in Hua Hin on Thursday, 10 November 2011. While a popular festival, Loi Krathong is not marked as a public holiday in Thailand.
Thailand’s Loi Krathong is one of the many traditional festivals of Thailand. It is an evening when Thais pay respect to the goddess of the waters by floating candlelit offerings on any and all waterways around the kingdom.
The word “Loi” literally means “to float” and “Krathong” means a raft. The raft is said to be about a hand span in diameter and is traditionally made from a section of a banana tree trunk.
The Loi Krathong will be attended by Lord Mayor Jira Pongpaibul, Vice Mayors, members of Hua Hin Assembly, Hua Hin Municipality staff, Hua Hin Tourism Association, hoteliers, school children, students, teachers and Hua Hin residents. In the evening Krathong parade processions will walk around Hua Hin Municipality and then proceeded to the Queen's Park. In each procession will have about hundred persons and a traditional Thai music band, playing drums and brass instruments.
Reported by Hua Hin News Net
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