Multicultural Monday: Loi Krathong Festival

English: Celebrating Loy Krathong in Lumpini P...

English: Celebrating Loy Krathong in Lumpini Park, Bangkok, Thailand (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Loy Krathong

Loy Krathong (Photo credit: MY-XpaT)

Recently, we received pictures from our exchange student‘s family in Thailand celebrating Loi Krathong.

This is the “festival of lights” and is one of the most popular festivals in the country.  Some people believe there are a few different origins for the celebration, but it is always held “on the full moon night of the twelfth lunar month, the tide in the rivers is highest and the moon at its brightest,” usually in November.

You can read all about the Thai festival of Loi Krathong here.


Create your own Loi Krathong lantern!

To build your own Loy Krathong lantern, follow these steps:


1 piece of 18-inch x 6-inch tissue or rice paper
2 18-inch x 1-inch strips of cardboard
1 piece of string, about 12 inches long
1 wooden craft stick, about 12 inches long
Glitter and cutouts for decoration


1. Decorate one 18 x 6 piece of tissue or rice paper with glitter, cutouts, drawings or Bible verses of your choice.
2. Glue the two strips of cardboard to the tissue paper – one at the bottom and one at the top.
3. Form the tissue paper into a cylinder and staple along the seam.
4. Tie the string to the wooden stick, leaving about 6 inches of string on either side.
5. Staple both ends of the string to opposite ends of the top of the cylinder.
6. Hang and enjoy!


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