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Loy Krathong Song Lyrics
"Wan Pen Duen Sip Song Nam Koh Nong Tem Taling
Rao Thanglai Chai Ying Sanuk Kan Jing Wan Loy Krathong
Loy Loy Krathong Loy Loy Krathong
Loy Krathong Kan Laew Kor Chern Nong Kaew Ork Ma Ram Wong
Ram Wong Wan Loy Krathong Ram Wong Wan Loy Krathong
Boon Ja Song Hai Rao Suk Jai Boon Ja Song Hai Rao Suk Jai"

(Loy Krathong song, using Roman characters)
The song above is well-known to everyone, especially Thai people. It makes us think of the thousands illuminated candles floating along the river at nightfall.

The full moon of twelfth lunar month every year is regarded as Loy Krathong Day (usually in November). In the morning, Thai people go to make merit at their own local temples; the evening is the celebration of Loy Krathong festival. The krathongs are floating ornaments which, are made of a banana trunk which is cut crosswise about 3 centimeters thick. Then, folded pieces of banana leaves in shape of a lotus petal and put them together with the cut trunk. The completed krathong is similar to the abloom lotus. Joss-sticks, candles, and a bunch of flowers are put on the krathongs. Before making the wish, and letting them float down the river, the candles and joss-sticks are lit.

Loy Krathong day is one of the most important traditions in Thailand because this day is considered to be a worship to a foot-print of the Lord Buddha. To avert a catastrophe on Loy Krathong day can be done by letting the sin drift along the river with krathongs. From the historical evidence, "Phra Ruang" (King in the Sukhothai period) in his speech said" : "-from now on , when the full moon of twelfth lunar month comes , the flying lantern will be made as the lotus shape. We will pay homage to the foot-print of the Lord Buddha for ever after-". Loy Krathong festival is organized in almost every part of Thailand. Each has the unique interesting celebration.

Loy Krathong festivity at present, evolve itself to many varieties of parades, the Nang Noppamas contests (Beauty pageant), and many Thai performances. There is also the flying lantern made of different color papers. Their shape is like a balloon(northern, north eastern region). We let them drift away in the sky by lighting a torch inside the lanterns to get the heat. The heat will create pressure taking them to the sky. People always fly the lanterns at night because the brightness from them produces the magical beauty, especially in the full moon period; the bright lanterns make the sky magically unexplainable.

Loy Krathong festival that is held close to the main river, will be "Lai Rue Fai" (the tradition to flow the ablaze boat). It is made of a banana trunk, but now made of bamboo, hanged with joss-sticks, candles, and flowers. The characteristic feature of Lai Rue Fai is that the light lit by a lamp coming off and spreading all over the full moon sky. There is improvement on designing bamboo into different shapes exquisitely. Lai Rue Fai is the another thing that attracts a lot of people participate in Loy Krathong celebration each year.

Brightness from the lanterns appear on the sky ; on water surface appears the light from krathongs and Rue Fai reflecting with an underwater shadow. People on the riverside enjoy themselves singing Loy Krathong song.


Loy Krathong song (translated to English ) :
"The full moon of twelfth lunar month is when water fills the banks.
We all , men and women , enjoy Loy Krathong.
Let's float krathongs.
Let's float krathongs.
After having floated krathongs , we invite you , my dear to dance Ram
Wong (Thai dancing).
Ram Wong on Loy Krathong day.
Ram Wong on Loy Krathong day.
Great merit will bring us to happiness.
Great merit will bring us to happiness."
 
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