FESTIVAL OF THAILAND LIGHTS
PERIOD: November 2017
PLACE: Sukhothai, Thailand.
Very few events manage to evoke such a suggestive force as the Festival of Lights in Thailand. A truly unique and incredible ceremony, in which tradition, spirituality, emotion ... they merge into one.
The Festival is an annual event, held on the full moon night of the twelfth month of the Thai calendar, that is, our month of November. Chiang Mai and, especially, S, with its marvelous and evocative Park, are the best known places; the ceremony, however, also takes place in Burma, Laos and Cambodia. The latter, therefore, can be a valid alternative to the most famous Thai cities.
The Festival of Lights, celebrated throughout Thailand, is a ceremony in which water is the predominant element. Its original name is Loi Krathong which means "Floating Basket". The Krathong, in fact, are baskets made mostly with flowers and banana leaves. Often, there are some facts of other material, such as bread; it is always and in any case of biodegradable substances. The baskets, in fact, containing candles, incense, and even food or coins, are floated on the water.
The party begins in the evening, when everyone congregates on the banks of the river with their own Krathong. In an almost surreal silence, everyone turns on their candle in the basket, letting it float along the river. Everything lights up. A real sign of devotion towards the Buddha. Leaving the basket to float, one wants to symbolize the abandonment of misfortune and negativity. As well as driving away and driving away bad luck by floating the Krathong, respect and gratitude is shown to the Water Goddess "Phra Makhongkha".
You can create your own Krathong. Obviously, that it is strictly with biodegradable materials! In the city, with a couple of euros, you can buy your basket.
The ceremony, in general, continues with songs, dances, fireworks and ... large banquets. You can eat at really low prices.
Although it has become a mass party, the Festival of Lights has managed to maintain its suggestive charm. In the same period, in parallel, we celebrate the Yee Peng, or the Lantern Festival.
Il Sukhothai Historical Park, declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, it is a truly magical and evocative place to admire the Festival of Lights. A magnificent scenery, including beautiful times, statues and buildings all lit up.
Photo, 2015 Klim Levene
HOW TO GET
You can reach Sukhotai, by plane doing a couple of stopovers and landing in Bangkok. From the Thai capital, you reach the city in just over an hour's flight. From the airport, you can reach via a shuttle bus, both the old city and the new city of Sukhotai.
Chiang Mai can be reached by air, via Hong Kong or Bangkok. From the airport, you can reach the center by bus or by taxi. We recommend the latter, for the prices certainly not exorbitant.
Those who have previously stopped in Chiang Mai can think of reaching Sukhotai by bus. The journey takes from 5 to 6 hours. Buses leave from the Arcade Bus Terminal. The ticket can be purchased directly at the terminal and costs around € 7.
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WHERE TO SLEEP
As always, there is no ideal structure. Choosing to stay in the new city rather than in the old one, is a matter of meringuemente subjective. From this link, the best facilities available at the best price. Hotel, Resort, Guesthouse ... there really is something for all tastes and budgets!