Provinces cancel Loy Krathong

All major and public Loy Krathong festivities set for November 14 are being either toned way down in scale, or called off altogether. (Post Today photo)

Prominent Loy Krathong festival celebrations planned in several provinces have been cancelled as the nation mourns the passing of His Majesty the King.

Sukhothai governor Piti Kaeo-salapsi said the province's plan to celebrate the Loy Krathong festival on Nov 10-14 was now off, although locals can float their own krathong as usual. Sukhothai, where the Loy Krathong ceremony is said to have originated some 700 years ago, is one of the most popular destinations for visitors during the festival.

In Tak province, long renowned for its unique Loy Krathong Sai festival, in which candle-lit krathong bowls are launched into the river in an seemingly endless line, also announced parts of the festival initially planned for Nov 12-17 would be called off. Muang Tak municipality mayor Ananchai Thawikeuakit said the locals had agreed to launch 999 krathong bowls in the Ping River in a solemn rite to remember the late King Rama IX and join the nation in mourning his death.

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