Lighting up the night sky…
The most anticipated festival in Chiang Mai’s yearly calendar. Yi Peng & Loi Krathong never seems to disappoint.
Get ready for one of the most illuminating, spiritual, crazy, fun and explosive festivals in Chiang Mai. What you get out of it all depends on where you position yourself during the combined Yi Peng and Loi Krathong festivals. Held around the time of the full moon, it’s a time of reflection, releasing past negative energy and scaring the hell out of unsuspecting by-standers.
At the moment, students around Chiang Mai are hard at work developing, designing and acquiring new fireworks, or the newest
ear-popping bombs to attach onto their lanterns. For first timers, the festival in Chiang Mai lasts for about three days, with scattered events over five to six days. You can participate in the festival by releasing lanterns in to the air or by floating krathongs down the river Ping.
Krathongs are small round floating offerings, usually made of wood and leaves from banana trees. These are decorated with flowers, a small candle and burning incense sticks. You can make your own, which I recommend, or you can buy one from any of the multitude of vendors near the river. What makes this festival magical is seeing the krathongs floating down the river and thousands of lanterns lighting up the night sky – truly spectacular and an unforgettable experience!
The biggest lantern release is held behind Mae Jo University Chiang Mai known as the Lanna Dhutanka grounds. It is free for all to enter and you’ll need to wear respectable clothing. GET THERE EARLY!! Ceremony starts in the late afternoon with Buddhist prayers. *18.30-19-30 the lighting of lanterns begins.
Events in Chiang Mai City…
Date: November 5, 6 & 7
Location: Chiang Mai
Wednesday, November 5, 2014:
19.00 – 22.00: A beautiful Lantern Parade will start from Thapae Gate and will end on Chang Klan Road opposite Pantip Plaza.
19.00 – 24.00: First night of the Noppamas Queen beauty contest and Yee Peng Kids Contest at Thapae Gate.
Thursday, November 6, 2014:
(This is the full moon day)
09.00 – 12.00: Lantern and Giant Lantern Contest at Chiang Mai Municipality Office (at the bank of Mae Ping River).
09.00 – 17.00: Krathong Making Contest at Chiang Mai Municipality Office.
19.00 – 23.00: There will be a Floating Krathong Parade from Thapae Gate to Praisanee Road ending in front of the Municipality Office near the White Pagoda, next to the US Consulate. This is the parade of the small khrathongs.
19.00 – 24.00: Second night of the Noppamas Queen beauty contest at Thapae Gate will take place. (Miss Yee Peng).
Friday, November 7, 2014:
18.00 – 24.00: There will be a Floating Krathong Parade from Thapae Gate to Praisanee Road ending in front of the Municipality Office near the White Pagoda, next to the US Consulate. This is the parade of the big khrathongs.
22.00: There will be fireworks for about 20 minutes.