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Phuket Loy Kratong ‘a success’

PHUKET: Loy Kratong festivities were held across the island on Sunday evening (November 17), with large numbers of people participating despite the official mourning period for His Holiness Somdet Phra Nyanasamvara, the Supreme Patriarch of Thailand, who died on October 24 at the age of 100.


Khemin Wicheetthagoon

Tuesday 19 November 2013, 01:46PM


Loy Lratong is celebrated at Saphan Hin on Sunday evening.

Taweesak Suwit, an official from the Phuket City Municipality, told The Phuket News today that the turnout was around the same size as last year, but a special mourning period was in place.

The event was a success, Mr Taweesak said.

Popular spots for releasing a kratong into the water included Saphan Hin, Bang Wad Dam, Suan Luang park in Phuket Town and really anywhere there is a spot of water.

Wina Pikulpol, Director of Public Health and Environment Division at Phuket City Municipality, told The Phuket News that cleanups had been organised at Saphan Hin and Suan Luang to remove kratongs from the water after the festival.

Prior to the festivities, Phuket International Airport announced a warning, asking people not to light lanterns near the airport area, namely in Mai Khao and Sakoo, after concerns they may affect planes, or interfere with radar.

A spokesperson confirmed today there had been no reports or any rogue lanterns causing problems for pilots or radar systems.

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