10 Different Types of Krathongs for The Loi Krathong Festival

Loy Krathong is one of Thailand’s most important festivals. As the exact date of the holiday is determined by the Thai lunar calendar, the date is different each year. The festival normally falls in November.

The festival starts in the evening when there is a full moon in the sky. Participants carry their Krathongs to the nearby rivers, canals, lake, or ponds.

What is Krathong?

“ลอย Loy” means “float”, and a “กระทง krathong” is a special Thai floating sculpture particular to the event. You will find hundreds of krathongs available for sell around every Loy Krathong festivity areas.

After lighting candles and joss-sticks and making a wish, the Krathong is gently put on the water and let them drift away till they go out of sight. It is believed that the Krathongs carry away sins and bad luck.

These days you will find Krathong กระทง /grà-tong/ in various shapes, sizes and it could be made from any materials. These days many Thai people have been making colorful Krathongs in a very creative way. Here are 10 types of Krathongs commonly find today.

  1. Banana Leave Krathong กระทงใบตอง

Krathongs is traditionally made from a slice of the trunk of a banana tree, then decorated with folded banana leaves which is called in Thai ‘baitong ใบตอง’ and flowers. This is most beautiful and delicate Krathong in my opinion.

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  1. Banana Blossom Krathong กระทงหัวปลี

Banana Blossom or in Thai is called ‘หัวปลี /hŭa bplii/’ is not only used for cooking in Thai cuisine but they are also used to make a beautiful Krathong.

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  1. Coir Krathong กระทงกาบมะพร้าว

Coir is a natural fibre extracted from the husk of coconut and used in products such as floor mats, doormats, brushes, mattresses, and yes we can use them to make a Krathong too! 🙂

กระทงกาบมะพร้าว4. Coconut Shell Krathong กระทงกะลา

Coconuts are everywhere in Thailand. I think using coconut shell to make a beautiful Krathong is a brilliant idea.

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5. Lotus Krathong กระทงดอกบัว

Lotus in Thai is ดอกบัว /dàwk-bua/, they are usually used for worship monk and buddha images. Since One purposes of the Loi Krathong festival is to ask for forgiveness from “Pra Mae Khongkha ” (The goddess of water) for any misdeeds against her , Lotus flowers are appropriate.

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6. Bread Krathong กระทงขนมปัง

Bread Krathongs are designed to be distinguished after a few days in water or could be eaten by fish. It seems to be one of the most popular materials to use for making Krathings nowadays.

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  1. Ice Cream Cone Krathong กระทงโคนไอศกรีม

Isn’t it very creative to use ice cream cones to make a Krathong. It is colorful and fun!

Ice cream Cones KRathong

8. Dried Corn Husks Krathong กระทงเปลือกข้าวโพด

Corn Husk Krathongs are very popular nowadays. They can be painted colorful and made into many pretty shapes.

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9. Tapioca Starch Krathong กระทงแป้งมันสัมปะหลัง

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10. กระทงโฟม Styrofoam Krathongs

Styrofoam Krathongs used to be widely available in Thailand but now they are banned in the country, as they pollute the rivers and take years to decompose. The Krathongs must be decay in order to save river. The purpose of Loi Krathong is to make merit or tumboon not by causing more problem to water environment. If you see anyone selling this type of Krathongs, please don’t support them.

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6 Responses to 10 Different Types of Krathongs for The Loi Krathong Festival

  1. Mark 27/11/2015 at 04:58 #

    🙂
    wow now I know why my friend was cutting up a banana tree on FB 🙂
    Learn something new everyday

    hope you had a happy festival or would you say a guilt free festival ?

    • Mod 02/12/2015 at 10:21 #

      I am happy to hear that you learned something from my post. 🙂

      I had a good Loi Krathong, thank you. 🙂

  2. Glyn 25/11/2015 at 13:28 #

    Lovely explanation.
    Thank you for taking the time and effort to explain it.

    • Mod 26/11/2015 at 19:43 #

      Thank you for your comment. I am happy to hear that you enjoyed the article. 🙂

  3. Rudolf Broennimann 19/11/2015 at 01:14 #

    Hi มด ขอบคุณมากครับ เรี่องนี่น่าสนไจมากนะครับ

    • Mod 23/11/2015 at 11:14 #

      ขอบคุณที่อ่านบทความของมดนะคะ มดดีใจที่เรื่องนี้น่าสนใจค่ะ 🙂

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