Phuket Culture: Loy Kratong festival - Page 2
Published: November 16, 2011 at 5:50 am
Legend has it that the first kratong was made and launched by Queen Noppamas, a consort of the Sukothai king Loethai (14th century). Today Loy Kratong often features Noppamas Queen beauty pageants and contests for the most attractive Kratong. The Loy Krathong festival is also associated with the start of the tradition of vegetable carving.
Another feature of the festival in Phuket is the launching into the air of khom fai – delicate paper balloons about a metre in height and half a metre in diameter, lifted by a small flame burning in the base. Hundreds of these taking off and mingling with the stars are a thoroughly uplifting sight. These are believed to help rid the locals of troubles and are also taken to decorate houses and streets.
The main celebration of this festival in Phuket takes place at Saphan Hin, just southeast of Phuket Town, but many other places join in, including most of the island’s hotels and beach resorts.