The lantern is a symbol of hopes, dreams, prosperity and happiness for many Asians. In the Loi Krathong Festival in Thailand, lanterns are important. Loy Krathong is derived from the word loy, which means “float”, and krathong, which means “small basket” or “container.” Loi Krathong is an expression of thanks to the god of water, Phra Mae Khongkha whom the Thai people believe gives life. The festival is also to apologize for damage they have done to the waters.

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Loi Krathong Festival in Thailand