Update for November 25th, 2015 for Bangkok
Although Loy Krathong festival is now celebrated throughout Thailand, the ritual originated in Sukhothai, the first Thai capital. The Sukhothai Loy Krathong and Candle festival will take place from 2-6 November 2014 with the main event taking place on the last night. Visitors can enjoy a float procession of large krathongs from 17 Northern provinces, a Krathong design contest, the Miss Noppamas Beauty Contest, Sukhothai arts and culture performances, traditional fireworks, a night bazaar and many more activities. Every evening there will also be a light and sound show at Wat Mahathat. The main event of floating the Krathongs will be on 6th November 2014.
Loy Krathong is often claimed to have begun in the Sukhothai by a court lady named Nopphamat. However, it is now known that the Nopphamat tale comes from a poem written in the early Bangkok period. According to H.M. King Rama IV, writing in 1863, it was a Brahmanical festival that was adapted by Thai Buddhists in Thailand to honor Buddha, Prince Siddhartha Gautama. The candle venerates the Buddha with light, while the krathong’s floating symbolizes letting go of all one’s hatred, anger, and defilements. People sometime cut their fingernails or hair and place the clippings on the krathong as a symbol of letting go of past transgressions and negative thoughts. Many ordinary Thai use the krathong to thank the Goddess of Water, Phra Mae Khongkha (Thai: พระแม่คงคา).
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