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Loy Krathong in Pattaya

Pattaya Culture | Pattaya festivals and events

There are many Pattaya festivals throughout the year and one of its most famous and beloved is the Loy Krathong (or Loi Krathong) festival. This tradition was influenced by the Indian Lantern (Diwali Festival) where floats are made to worship the three Brahimin Gods (Bhrama, Shiva and Vishnu).

Though Loy Krathong may have been inspired by the Indian festival, it is a uniquely Thai event. The event plays homage to the godess of Water Phra Mae Khongkha. The event is very much part of the Thai culture throughout Thailand.

Krathongs (floats) are typically shaped like a lotus and are very ornately decorated. Typically each region will decorate their krathongs in flowers and other materials indigenous to that area. It is also common for locals to put strands of their hair or nail clippings into the float in order to have their past sins washed away.

The parade of floats is accompanies by fireworks and other fanfare that makes this one of the most unique and lively of the Pattaya festivals. This is a time where people wish for success, love and forgiveness.

Make sure you have the ability to take many pictures of the parade of flowers and floats and the waterways that are illuminated by countless candles all in honor of the festival.

Loy Krathong - Family Fun

This festival marks another great opportunity for family fun in Pattaya. Pattaya festivals are a great time to visit the city with your family for a splendid holiday. The entire family will get into the spirit as the energy of the city embraces you.

While planning a trip to Pattaya during the festival you will want to make sure you book your rooms far in advance since this is one of the most popular times for visitors to enjoy Pattaya and the great Pattaya festivals.

Last Updated: 15 Jan 2008