Lonely Planet Writer

Alcohol to be banned at Loy Krathong festivities in Thailand

Anyone who relies on alcohol to have a good time may not have much fun at the Loy Krathong festivities in Thailand next week.

Loy Krathong will be celebrated in Thailand on 24 to 26 November.
Loy Krathong will be celebrated in Thailand on 24 to 26 November. Image by John Shedrick / CC BY 2.0

According to the Bangkok Post, provincial governors have been told to stop the sale of alcohol in the interest of safety. The county’s chief of disaster prevention and mitigation said governors can ban the sales where the festival is being celebrated, reports the Post. Volunteers will patrol events to sure the rules are enforced.

Loy Krathong pays respect to the river goddess at the end of the rainy season and is marked on the full month of the 12th lunar month, which falls this year on 24 to 26 November.

Other measures have already been announced to keep the holiday safe.

Loy Krathong is marked with the release of sky lanterns and krathongs, or floats made of banana stems and leaves, released onto the water.

An airline in Thailand has already changed its flight schedule during a lantern festival due to safety concerns.

In Bangkok, the sale of sky lanterns and fireworks that are often set off during the festival will be banned, due to the impact on aviation, according to ThaiPBS.

While the festival is focused on floating vessels made of banana leaves on the water, sky lanterns have also become a popular part of the tradition and are often accompanied by fireworks.