TBA celebrates Thai lantern festival in HCMC

HCMC - The Thai Business Association in Vietnam (TBA) organized the Thai lantern release festival Loy Krathong, one of the most significant occasions in Thai culture, at Van Thanh Park in HCMC on October 30, attracting hundreds of guests.

Consul General of Thailand in HCMC Apirat Sugondhabhirom (C) poses for a photo with staff and guests at the Loy Krathong in HCMC – PHOTOS: MINH TUAN

Loy Krathong is a festival wherein people float Thai lanterns across a river or pond under the full-moon night to pay respects to the Buddha and the goddess of water. The word “loy” means “to float” while “krathong” is a lotus-shaped raft decorated with candles, incense and flowers. Krathong is commonly made from a slice of a banana tree trunk, which enables it to float on the surface of the water.

The festival takes place annually during the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar.

In addition to the tradition of the floating krathong, TBA’s Loy Krathong in HCMC also featured a range of exciting activities including Muay Thai (Thai boxing), Thai dancing, the Loy Krathong Pageant and a lucky draw.

A dancer performs a traditional Thai dance at the event
Thai boxing
Guests dance at the festival
The festival also features the Loy Krathong Pageant
A musical performance
A guest (R) wins the lucky draw
A guest poses for a photo before releasing a krathong into the pond