Loy Kratong - Making the Kratong
Making Our Kratong
Of course there are stalls all over the place on the day selling ready made kratongs, but we decided to DIY this year, ending up with a kratong that just about floated without tipping over! To make a kratong you will need - cut slices of banana stem to make the base, banana leaves to decorate, flowers, incense sticks, candles and pins to hold it all together! And voila - you have a kratong...
(above) What you need to make a krathong - banana stem, leaves and flowers
The banana leaves are cut and folded to shape and pinned to the base... My wife did all the hard work - she had never made one before - I mean, you can buy them everywhere very cheaply ... She made a special double decker kratong. I think it turned out beautifully!
(above) Making the krathong - folding and pinning leaves onto the banana stem
(above) We made it a double decker krathong
Add some flowers, and it's ready... Our family kratong! Into the kratong we also add small cuttings of hair and nails from family members which will float out into the water with the kratong. Now we just need to float it!
(above) Finished krathong
(above) Flowers, incense and candles on the krathong
Well, did it float? Yes! See photos of Loy Krathong day :
• Loy Krathong in Phuket 2007
• Loy Krathong 2008
• Loy Krathong 2015 will be on 25th November