Week-long Loy Krathong Festival to be Thailand Pavilion’s biggest event at Expo 2020 Dubai

DUBAI, 17 November 2021 – The Thailand Pavilion’s week-long magical floating basket festival Loy Krathong will culminate on the full moon night of November 19 with a live dance and music show, digital krathong making, giveaways and a talent show.

Loy Krathong is traditionally used as a way of saying goodbye to misfortune and the problems of the past year, and making wishes for the coming year. During this period, it is customary for families and friends to make and float their own artistic and decorative krathong, which translated means “to float a basket”.

The Thailand Pavilion has already become known for hosting some of the most spectacular live performances at Expo 2020 – and the Loy Krathong Festival is set to enhance that reputation.

Week-long Loy Krathong Festival to be Thailand Pavilion’s biggest event at Expo 2020 Dubai
DUBAI, 17 November 2021. Thailand Pavilion Interior, Expo 2020 Dubai. (Photo by Christopher Edralin/Expo 2020 Dubai)

One of the highlights of the November 19 celebration will be the Miss Noppamas 2020 Contest which will shine a light on the clever, creative and strong women who have helped make Expo 2020 such an awe-inspiring and fabulous success. The contest is named after Noppamas, the wife of the 14th-century King Lithai and the first person to make a krathong and float it down a river.

Umaree Charnnarong, Director, Thailand Pavilion, said: “All of Thailand celebrates Loy Krathong. It’s such a big festival where people pay their respects to the river, because water is so important to everybody in Thailand.”

DUBAI, 17 November 2021. Loy Krathong Thai Water Festival traditional performance at the Thailand Pavilion, Expo 2020 Dubai. (Photo by Christopher Edralin/Expo 2020 Dubai)

Visitors to the Thailand Pavilion will have the opportunity to see how these intricate and delicate krathong baskets are handcrafted, and can then create their own digital version through the immersive e-krathong station and keep a coconut-shell krathong as a souvenir.