Come down to the Queen Kapiʻolani Park Bandstand to enjoy folk & classic dances, cooking demos, martial arts, music, delicious Thai food, and more at the Loy Krathong Festival. For a full schedule of events, see PDF below.
Note: this year, Loy Krathong actually falls on November 11, 2019.
What is Loy Krathong?
Loi Krathong[a] (Thai: ลอยกระทง, pronounced [lɔ̄ːj krā.tʰōŋ]) is a Siamese festival celebrated annually throughout the Kingdom of Thailand and in nearby countries with significant southwestern Tai cultures (Laos, Shan, Mon, Tanintharyi, Kelantan, Kedah and Xishuangbanna). The name could be translated as “to float a basket,” and comes from the tradition of making krathong or buoyant, decorated baskets, which are then floated on a river.
Loi Krathong 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. In the Western calendar this usually falls in the month of November. In Chiang Mai, the festival lasts three days, and in 2018, the dates were 21–23 November.via Wikipedia