Yee Peng Festival [ Lantern Festival ] Chiang Mai Thailand

Yee Peng Festival [ Lantern Festival ] Chiang Mai Thailand

Yee Peng Festival or the Lantern Festival is a big celebration in Thailand where where they launch thousands of brightly lit lanterns into the night’s sky. It happens on the last full moon of the year which is usually mid November. They even shut down the air port for one day for safely reasons.
The act of releasing these lanterns symbolizes letting go of all ills and misfortunes from the previous year, and Buddhists also believe that if you make a wish when you set off the lantern, it will come true. So when you light your lantern you can make a wish for good fortune for the new year.
During this week of festivals the locals decorate their homes and public places with colorful hanging lanterns and decorations. There are different festivals going on all week. More photos to come of the different events happening around the city 🙂

Loi Krathong Festival In Chiang Mai

The festival of Loy Krathong is celebrated throughout Thailand. It coincides with the Yi Peng festival (The Lantern Festival), making this one of the best times of the year to experience Thailand. There are many events around the city all week honoring Buddha since Thailand is mostly a Buddhist country.

Another magical tradition of the Loy Krathong Festival is the floating offerings on the river. Traditionally made from the leaves and stalk of a banana tree, this miniature raft is decorated with flowers, a candle and incense sticks. On the night of the full moon, the candles are lit and the offerings sent floating down the River.

There are some pretty interesting variations of this offering. Everything from basic flowers to giant dragon shaped offerings. Here are some photos I took from the event.

PHOTOS Loy Krathong Festival Parade Chiang Mai