When Is Loy Krathong 2021?
The date of Loy Krathong changes every year. Loy Krathong takes place on the night of the full moon of the 12th month of the Thai lunar calendar and typically falls in November according to the Gregorian calendar.
In 2021, Loy Krathong will be celebrated on the night of Friday, November 19th. In 2020 the date for Loi Krathong in Thailand was October 31st.
Yi Peng festival (sky lantern festival) which is another famous floating lantern festival normally starts one or two days before Loy Krathong. Yi Peng Festival 2021 will be celebrated for two nights on Friday, November 19th, and Saturday, November 20th.
How Is Loy Krathong Date Determined?
The reason that the date of Loy Krathong changes every year is that, like many other Buddhist holidays, the timing of the festival is based on the lunar calendar. In Thailand, there are multiple lunar calendars. Loy Krathong is based on the typical Buddhist lunar calendar and falls in the 12th month (duean 12). Get to know the interesting history and stories about Thai Loy Krathong.
Yi Peng festival was created by the Lanna people of Northern Thailand and its date is based on the Lanna Lunar Calendar. Yi Peng takes place at the same time as Loy Krathong but falls in the second month according to the Lanna lunar calendar.
Loy Krathong Dates: 2020 to 2030
The official dates of Loy Krathong and Yi Peng are announced the year before. So we don't know exactly when the festival will take place in future years, but we know it will likely happen on the night of the full moon, or one day before or after. Here are the upcoming full moons (and tentative Loy Krathong dates).
How Long Does Loy Krathong Last?
Loi Krathong and Yi Peng typically last three days in most places across Thailand, such as Bangkok and Chiang Mai. But in Sukhothai, the celebrations go on for five days.
The Thai people usually start to do preparations and decorations one week or so in advance.
On the day of Loy Krathong festival, thousands of Thai people gather on one night across the country to release floating rafts called Krathongs on rivers and waterways across the country.
On the same day, the Yi Peng festival takes place in Chiang Mai. Yi Peng (sometimes spelled Yee Peng) is the Sky Lantern Festival where people gather to release flying lanterns Khom Loi into the sky in an incredibly picturesque and romantic display.
Learn More about Experiencing Loy Krathong
Learn everything you need to know about Loy Krathong from where to go to how to celebrate the festival. Loy Krathong is great for couples and families. Take a look at the top places to experience Loy Krathong in Thailand (Bangkok, Chiangmai, Sukhothai, and Phuket) and decide where you want to spend the Festival of Lights this year.
Experience Loy Krathong in 2021 with Asia Highlights
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