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Loy Kratong - Making the Kratong

Loy Kratong is on a different day each year, falling on the Full Moon of the 12th lunar month, which is normally sometime in November. This year (2021) November 19th. Loy Kratong is celebrated all over Thailand with particularly large ceremonies in Bangkok, Sukothai and Ayutthaya. Here in Phuket, festivities are quite extensive at the main beaches such as Patong and Karon, and anywhere else you find water - which is everywhere, being that Phuket is an island. We normally go and float our kratong at Bang Wad Reservoir, which is the largest reservoir in Phuket and is not far from our home in the Kathu area of Phuket. The word "Loy" means Float, and the Kratong is what you set afloat - read on...

Making Our Kratong

Of course there are stalls all over the place on the day selling ready made kratongs, but we decided to DIY this year, ending up with a kratong that just about floated without tipping over! To make a kratong you will need - cut slices of banana stem to make the base, banana leaves to decorate, flowers, incense sticks, candles and pins to hold it all together! And voila - you have a kratong...

Banana Stem

Banana Leaves

Flowers for our krathong

(above) What you need to make a krathong - banana stem, leaves and flowers

The banana leaves are cut and folded to shape and pinned to the base... My wife did all the hard work - she had never made one before - I mean, you can buy them everywhere very cheaply ... She made a special double decker kratong. I think it turned out beautifully!

Making the krathong

Making our krathong

(above) Making the krathong - folding and pinning leaves onto the banana stem

Making a krathong for Loy Krathong

(above) We made it a double decker krathong

Add some flowers, and it's ready... Our family kratong! Into the kratong we also add small cuttings of hair and nails from family members which will float out into the water with the kratong. Now we just need to float it!

Our krathong

(above) Finished krathong

Flowers on our krathong

(above) Flowers, incense and candles on the krathong

Well, did it float? Yes! See photos of Loy Krathong day :

Loy Krathong in Phuket 2007
Loy Krathong - More about Loy Krathong

Loy Krathong 2021 will be on November 19th!

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