9. Loi Krathong – Thailand
Loi Krathong is a festival celebrated annually across southwestern Tai cultures. In this festival, people gather around rivers or lakes and release lotus shaped rafts to pay respect to the goddess of water. The rafts are usually decorated with candles, incense and flowers. The reason behind the festival is to thank the water goddess after the rice harvest season, as well as an apology for polluting the water.
The festival celebrated annually throughout Thailand, Laos, Shan, Mon, Tanintharyi, Kelantan, Kedah and Xishuangbanna. The celebration takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month. It’s one of the 10 best festivals around the world.