Loi Krathong translates as “to float a basket”, after the woven baskets “krathong” which are floated down many of Thailand’s waterways. The festival is held yearly on the full moon of the 12th month of the Thai lunar calendar (usually in November) at the end of the rainy season when the full moon lights up the sky. This is is one of the most picturesque festivals in Bangkok. It’s when people gather around lakes, rivers, and canals to pay respects to the goddess of water by releasing beautiful lotus-shaped floats, decorated with candles, incense and flowers onto the water. The sight of thousands of krathongs, their flickering candles sending a thousand pinpoints of light far into the horizon is a truly magical sight.