The loy gratong festival takes place in Thailand in November when there is a full moon. Loy Gratong literally means “float gratong”. Agratong is typically a small decorated receptacle made from banana leaves and a piece of banana tree trunk, although sometimes they are made of other materials (foam, for example) and sometimes they are very large. The gratongs are floated in rivers, canals, ponds and anywhere else there is water.
You can make your own gratong or you can buy one. You will find many people selling them. Prices vary depending on size. 20-30 baht is common but bigger ones can cost more.
A candle on the gratong is lit and often a small coin is also placed on the gratong. Traditionally Thais floated a gratong as an apology for any harm they have done to water in the last year but nowadays people usually make a wish as they launch their gratong.
The scene can be a beautiful sight for a few hours but in the morning the water is in a worse state than 24 hours before.
The loy gratong festival usually includes food, markets, music, singing, dancing and games.
Fireworks are also let off and so are floating lanterns.
Enjoy the loy gratong festival in Phimai today, the 6th of November 2014.