In Thai language, Loy means 'to float' and Krathong means 'a little basket-boat containing small flowers and other offerings'. The krathongs are launched over the water. Hindus regard the ritual as a way to pay respect to Mother Water. Buddhists take it as the symbol of the journey of human soul across the world of flesh and blood.
Variety of Krathongs
Apart from conventional krathongs, highly elaborate hanging krathongs are also made. These tall krathongs, displayed around water bodies each year, are nice piece of art. In Northern Thailand, many people float paper balloons, also called floating lanterns, filled with hot air, are released from temples and homes. Watching a chain of lanterns moving up in the air is a fascinating sight.