Loy Krathong and Yee Peng Festivals

A bit of history

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The Loy Krathong festival was originally a Brahmanical to worship the gods (Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma). The festival was adopted by the Buddhists of Thailand in 1863, during the reign of Rama IV. The meaning of the festival was changed to honour the Original Buddha , Siddhartha Guatama.

The krathong tradition was founded by Nang Noppamas, the favorite concubine of the king of Sukhothai, Phra Ruang. She created a krathong in the shape of a lotus to honor the footprint of Buddha. The krathong was release on the river. According to the treaty of Sri Chula Lucks, king Phra Ruang decided from now on that during the night of the full moon of the 12th month of the lunar calendar, the kings of Siam would make their own lotus-shaped floating krathong to worship the footprint of Buddha, which is located on the banks of the Nammathanati river, also known as the Nehrabhuddha river, in the district of Thakkhinabodh in India.

Meanings of the Loy Krathong festival

The purpose of the Loy Krathong festival has varied over time. Previously, the festival had little to do with good fortune and fireworks. According to some theories, the Loy Krathong festival was celebrated to be forgiven by the goddess of the river Phra Mae Khongkha, or according to the Brahmanical beliefs, the festival was to worship God. Many theories are about Bouddha: for some, Loy Krathong is to celebrate Buddha's return from the temple, for others, a festival to worship His footprint on the banks of the river Nammathanati, and for others it is a celebration in honor of Chulamanee in heaven, Bhakabhrama, Uppakutta-Dhera (a disciple of Buddha), and probably many others. there are other theories, but the ones given here are the main ones.

Today Loy Krathong is celebrated in honor of the goddess of the river Phra Mae Khongkha, to be forgiven for drinking and soiling the water of the river. The other main reason is to scare away the evil eye and our sins.

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