Loi Krathong in Sukhothai

Thailand is preparing for one of its most celebrated festivals ‘Loi Krathong’ and it’s time for us to ask the goddess of water, Mae Kongka, for her blessings.

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While the festival is celebrated throughout the nation, Sukhothai is believed to be where Loi Krathong originated from, according to mainstream history. 

This is why the province’s Loi Krathong event is the talk of the town every year.

Free lights& sounds for all

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In 2020, Sukhothai will celebrate Loi Krathong from 23rd October to 1st November as the festival will take place on 31st October. The venue will be Sukhothai Historical Park, like previous years.

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The daily schedule will include:

  • A period-themed night market
  • Traditional and contemporary art performances like Khon mask plays and the legend of Loi Krathong
  • Live Thai traditional music band
  • A beauty pageant contest
  • Firework displays 

Royal floating and lantern floating activities will be added on the Loi Krathong day or 31st October. 

For more information and details, click here.

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Loi Krathong takes place on the full moon night of the 12th month regarding the Thai lunar calendar, making it fall somewhere between late October and early November each year.

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This popular festival is being celebrated differently throughout Thailand. While the central folks send off the offerings including flowers and candles onto the waters, northern people tend to float their lanterns into the sky. – this is the common practice in the north during auspicious events like New Year or Loi Krathong.

Featured images adapted from: TAT Sukhothai-Kamphaeng Phet, แนวหน้า

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Mueang Kao,
Mueang Sukhothai District,
Sukhothai 64210
23 Oct - 01 Nov 2020
6:00 pm - 11:30 pm