BY TTT NEWS SERVICE
NEW DELHI, 17 NOVEMBER 2022
Keeping the festive spirits alive and following the annual tradition, Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), New Delhi along with Royal Thai Embassy and Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport Hotel, celebrated the Thai festival of lights –‘Loy Krathong’ on 9th November 2022 at Radisson Blu Plaza Delhi Airport Hotel.
Guests including diplomats, travel media and members of the travel fraternity were invited to celebrate the magical festival of lights where candle-lit krathongs twinkled on the water creating unforgettable experiences.
It was a beautiful and picturesque evening as several floating candles, flowers and krathongs decorated the venue showcasing Thai festivals & traditions.
The Tourism Authority of Thailand launched the new tourism concept for 2022 “Amazing Thailand, Amazing New Chapters” early this year.
Focus of “The Visit Thailand Year 2022 – 2023” was that Thailand is now filled with more amazing new experiences than ever before. Visit Thailand in the year 2022 – 2023 and make your new chapter the very best of your life.
This year, the must awaited Loy Krathong had a vibrant and colourful look and feel, with bright décor in hues of yellow and pink depicting the Amazing Thailand colours.
The theme for the event was “Amazing New Chapters: From A-to-Z Thailand has it all” highlighting the fact that Thailand has a lot of offers for every kind of traveler. Like the 26 Roman alphabets, Thailand has a plethora of tourism products that can be denoted by each alphabet. For example A for Adventure, B for Beaches, C for Culture and so on.
The evening was inaugurated with a welcome speech by H.E Pattarat Hongtong Ambassador of Thailand to India, who thanked the guests for joining the event and celebrating the Thai festival of lights with Team Thailand.
The event was graced with Thai cultural dance performances and a Thai-Indo fusion dance depicting the strong cultural and religious links between India and Thailand.
This was followed by the beautiful Loy Krathong procession. The floating of krathong ceremony was led by Her Excellency and members of the Royal Thai Embassy & Thai Navel Attaché. The guests were invited to release the candle and incense lit krathongs into the water thereby paying respect to the water goddess and make a wish for the future.
Guests at the event learnt the art of traditional Krathong making and decoration which they floated into the water. The event included demonstrations of a popular Thai Salad dish – Som Tum and Thai Snack Ma- Hor which was greatly relished by the guests.
About Loy Krathong Festival Loy Krathong: or festival of lights is a Thai festival celebrated annually throughout the Kingdom of Thailand . The festival takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar, thus the exact date of the festival changes every year.
The word “loy” means to float, while “krathongs” are small baskets traditionally made from banana tree wood and carefully folded banana leaves, each containing sticks of incense, candles, and an offering of a few coins. On the night of the full moon, People in Thailand float their krathong on a river, canal, or a pond, making a wish as they do so. The festival may originate from an ancient rural ritual of paying respect to Goddess of water, while the krathong floating away symbolizes letting go of all one’s hatred, anger, and defilements.