Travel to Chiang Mai in November to Join a Fairy Colorful Lanterns Festival

November is the perfect time to visit Chiang Mai, where the world’s best festival takes place in the year. At this place, you can see thousands of beautiful lanterns, floating by in the sky and lighting river.

Yi Peng or Loy Krathong?

People is joining the festival, wishing for the good lucks with their lighting lotus - Photo: Aung

People is joining the festival, wishing for the good lucks with their lighting lotus - Photo: Aung

These two names always cause plenty of confusion. This is because both mean lanterns festival. However the mass lanterns are released at Loy Krathong festival is not as same as the Yi Peng Festival.

Floating colorful lanterns on water - Photo: gian_tg

Floating colorful lanterns on water - Photo: gian_tg

Loy Krathong

In Thai language, Loy Krathong means the decorative float. This is a celebration of lights all arounh Thailand. The lotus-shaped rafts will be released on water, which looks like a river of lighting lotus. 

Lighting river during the Loy Kathrong

Lighting river during the Loy Kathrong

It is adopted by Buddhists as a ceremony to honor the Prince Siddhartha Gautama—the Buddha. It will takes place on 15th of December each year, based on Thai lunar calender. 

Anyone can join the festival to let go of the bad luck, sins or worries will float far away

Anyone can join the festival to let go of the bad luck, sins or worries will float far away

Thai people make the first Kathrong out of banana leaves in the shape of a lotus flower and float it with candles, incense stick into rivers to show respect to Buddha. Thai people believe that by releasing the Khom Loy, their bad luck and worries will be sent away.

Yi Peng

Just like a fairy tales

Just like a fairy tales

Yi Peng is another celebration, happening near the northern Thai town of Chiang Mai because that was once the ancient Lanna kingdom. Therefore Yi Peng has become the biggest celebration in Chiang Mai with many events such as fireworks, decorations in the old city, dance, Yi Peng parade… People mix up between Yi pend and the national celebration Loy Kathrong because those are held at the same time.

Several thousand people attend the largest release of lantern

Several thousand people attend the largest release of lantern

The Yi Peng Festival in Chiang Mai was one of the most spectacular sights that are rarely duplicated elsewhere in the world. It is celebrated by releasing ignited lanternsinto the night sky all at once to pay the utmost homage to Buddha. This festival is an event reminiscent of scenes from fairytale. These lanterns look like stars, lighting up the dark sky. The sky transforms itself in a wonderful sea of lanterns floating away.  You will never forget these mesmerizing, life-enhancing moments.

Thousands of lighted lanterns in the sky

Thousands of lighted lanterns in the sky - Photo: visitkhaolak.com

In this year of 2015, the 3 dayYi Peng lantern festival and Loy Krathong celebrations in Chiang Mai will be held on 24th, 25th, and 26th of November, 2015. 

HANI (whereto.vn)

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