Thailand, officially known as the Kingdom of Thailand, is a country located in Southeast Asia. It is bordered to the north by Burma and Laos, to the east by Laos and Cambodia, to the south by the Gulf of Thailand and Malaysia, and to the west by the Andaman Sea and the southern extremity of Burma.
The country is a constitutional monarchy, headed by King Rama IX, the ninth king of the House of Chakri, who, having reigned since 1946, is the world’s longest-serving head of state and the longest-reigning monarch in Thai history
Bangkok is the capital and largest city of Thailand.
The country’s official language is Thai.
Around 95 % of Thailand’s population is Buddhist.
Diwali Celebrations in Thailand :
The diversity in Thailand provides people living there, a chance to understand and value the many distinct cultures of the world. Diwali is celebrated in Thailand under the name of Loi Krathong.
The festival has almost similar ways of celebration as that of Diwali. During this festival, instead of using diyas or lights as we do during Diwali, people in Thailand set afloat banana leaf lamps and candles in the river.
Just like in India, people of Thailand also meet each other, wish them and exchnage gifts and sweets during this festival.
The legend of Lord Rama returning from 14 years of exile after defeating Ravana, the Demon King Of Lanka with help of his younger brother Lakshman and the army of monkeys has its roots in the Thai culture too.
Festivities of Loi Krathong may include krathong-making competitions, parades, beauty pageants, cultural performances and fireworks.
Celebrations alongside the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok feature huge krathong floats, boat parades and elaborate riverside lighting.
Loi Krathong coincides with the Yi Peng Festival in Chiang Mai, when houses are decorated with lanterns and thousands of rice paper hot-air balloons are released into the night sky.