Illustrative photo. (Source: VNA)

Thai expatriates in Hanoi and locals on October 27 enjoyed one of the biggest traditional Thai festivals in the capital city.

The Loi Krathong event was organised by the Thai Embassy in Hanoi and the Tourism Authority of Thailand. It celebrated the 39th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Speaking at the event, Thai Ambassador to Vietnam Panyarak Poolthup highlighted the festival’s significant role in Thai people’s lives, and said he hoped visitors would have a chance to try famous traditional dishes such as Pad Thai and Tom Yum.

Several art performances and Thai games were also held. Attendees could make their own flower lanterns and masks.

Loi Krathong is the second biggest festival in Thailand, after the Songkran Festival. It is also considered the most romantic festival in the country, using aromatic candles, flower garlands and colored lanterns. It is held to express gratitude to the Goddess of Water, Phra Mae Kongka.

This year’s festival is set to open on November 25 in Thailand.-VNA