Loy Krathong festival celebrated throughout Thailand


BANGKOK, Nov 6 –People are celebrating Thailand’s Loy Krathong festival throughout the country.

Celebration venues and their security measures are being prepared in many provinces.

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) deployed municipal workers to secure public safety at piers along the Chao Phraya River tonight.

The authorities will ban fireworks and sky lanterns in festive venues, communities and aviation areas.

In Chiang Mai province, local people are conducting ceremonies to worship the river goddess and officially start their Loy Krathong festival.

Myanmar people from Kawthaung and nearby provinces are arriving by ferry in Ranong’s Nam sub-district to celebrate Loy Krathong.

A highlight that draws a huge number of visitors is a Thai-Myanmar beauty pageant.

At least 20,000 Myanmar people visit the locality to join the Loy Krathong festival every year.

Authorities in Aranyaprathet are conducting a Loy Krathong event for Thai and Cambodian people at the Ban Nong Prue border trade area to boost bilateral relations and preserve traditions.

Songkran Aksorn, deputy director-general of the Meteorological Department, said it might rain in 60 per cent of the North, Bangkok and nearby provinces this afternoon and evening.

Heavy rains are possible in the western Mae Hong Son and Tak provinces.