Yi Peng lanterns lights of wisdom
Yi Peng is as old as Lanna heritage, it represents a close bond between Thai culture and water. This festival takes place on the full moon night of November when the water level is high and the climate is cooler.
Every year on the full moon of the twelfth month in the Thai Lunar Calendar, people go to the Chiang Mai City to take part in the Yi Peng sky lantern release.
The pictures of ten thousands of lanterns like stars brightly and shining soaring in the sky above Chiang Mai area. That is a sign of “Yi Peng” or “Loy Krathong” Festival in Lanna style which is a beautiful tradition as those who need to get a breathtaking and charming experience.
Full moon, brightly illuminated night and a sense of communal well being are the key to the appeal of the annual Loy Krathong celebration. In the Northern Thai province of Chiang Mai, which was once part of the ancient lanna Thai kingdom, the ritual of launching hot air lanterns (khom loy or khom yi peng) is a unique aspect of the region. Traditional belief has it that when the lantern is set adrift and floats away in the sky, so do all the troubles of the villagers. For the residents of Chiang Mai, the Yi Peng Festival is an exciting period where the whole city comes alive swathed in beautifully decorated lanterns made from paper.
Yi Peng takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar; hence, the exact date of the festival changes every year. In the Western calendar this usually falls in the month of November.