Phitsanulok bursts into colour for historic Loy Krathong
Phitsanulok has begun gearing up for a spectacular Loy Krathong as officials decorate landmarks and routes in one of Thailand’s oldest cities.
Roads in front of civic buildings and tourism landmarks have been decked with lanterns, flowers and plants.
The festive display is brightest at the Mitrabhirom Pavilion in the central park, and the King Rama I monument in Nai Muang.
Premrudee Champhunot, Phitsanulok’s mayor, said this year’s Loy Krathong festival will celebrate the culture and tradition of communities living along the Nan River.
The river flows through the province and serves as the main artery for local agriculture.
She said the city has prepared various cultural and music performances, as well as venues for street food vendors, to welcome both locals and tourists during Loy Krathong week.
The main events will be held at Wat Phra Si Rattana Mahathat on the Nan riverbank and nearby Chom Nan Chaloem Phra Kiat Park from November 23-27.
Loy Krathong is celebrated on the full moon of the 12th lunar month, when Thais launch decorated floats or “krathong” on waterbodies to pay respect to Phra Mae Khongkha, the Goddess of Water.
This year’s festival falls next Monday (November 27).