Fields of Lights in South East Asia
One of the main festivals celebrated in some parts of South east Asia are the Festival of Lights this coming October and November 2019.
Loy Krathong falls on Wednesday, November 13 (festival begins on November 11, ends on November 13). It is a light festival (or known as Thailand Lantern Festival) in Thailand on the full moon day in November. The festival is celebrated nationwide by releasing lotus shaped baskets, decorated with candles and flowers onto the rivers. Chiang Mai, Sukhothai and Bangkok are the best places to celebrate the festival while visiting the country.
When: 11-13 November 2019
Thadingyut is called when you see that all the houses and public buildings, parks, and monuments of Myanmar are colourful illuminated everywhere, you should know that this is the Festival of Lights!
This festival is held on the full moon of Thadingyut in October marking the end of Buddhist Lent. The three-day Festival of Lights during Thadingyut symbolises the return of the Buddha from heaven while angels are lighting the path of his descent to earth.
When: 12-14 October 2019
Boun Awk Phansa is when the end of the Buddhist Lent Festival is celebrated on 13 & 14 October, 2019 throughout Laos. Luang Prabang is the best place in Laos to observe and take part in the various religious and local traditions of the festival.
As evening falls on Laos, people release banana-leaf boats with candles and flowers on top.
Riverside cities like Vientiane, Savannakhet, and Luang Prabang celebrate the day with Bun Nam boat races along the Mekong.
When: 13-14 October 2019
Every full moon the old town of Hoi An celebrates the moon deity with limited use of electrical lighting, using silk lanterns to illuminate the houses and streets instead. The historical centre thus transforms into a spectacular fairytale from sunset to moonlight. The festival attracts both tourists and locals and features traditional food, poetry and different events happening throughout the night.
When: on the 14th day of each lunar month.