22 November, 2021

yee peng lantern festival, Chiang Mai, Thailand by #SMSnotes

yee peng lantern festival 2021, Chiang Mai, Thailand taken on November 2021 by #SMSnotes
The Yee Peng Lantern Festival, also known as the Yi Peng Lantern Festival, is a traditional Thai festival celebrated in the northern city of Chiang Mai, Thailand. It usually takes place on the full moon night of the twelfth lunar month, which usually falls in November. However, please note that my knowledge is based on information available up until September 2021, and I don't have access to real-time information.
Here are some key aspects of the Yee Peng Lantern Festival:
Lantern Lighting: The highlight of the festival is the release of thousands of sky lanterns (khom loi) into the night sky. These lanterns are made of thin fabric stretched over a frame, with an opening at the bottom where a small fire is suspended. When lit, the hot air causes the lantern to rise into the sky.
Spiritual Significance: The festival has both cultural and religious significance. It is associated with the Lanna people of Northern Thailand and is often observed as a way to pay respects to the Buddha.
Wishing and Symbolism: People often write their wishes, hopes, and prayers on the lanterns before releasing them. The act of releasing a lantern is seen as a symbolic way to let go of negative emotions and start afresh.

Illuminated Processions: In addition to sky lanterns, there are often colorful processions and parades featuring people in traditional dress carrying illuminated lanterns.
Ceremonies and Religious Observances: There are typically ceremonies held at temples, including Wat Phra Singh and Wat Phan Tao, where participants make offerings, light candles, and engage in prayers and meditation.
Tourist Attendance: The Yee Peng Lantern Festival has become increasingly popular with tourists, drawing people from around the world to experience the magical sight of thousands of lanterns lighting up the night sky.
Environmental Considerations: In recent years, there has been growing concern about the environmental impact of releasing sky lanterns, as the remnants of these lanterns can contribute to pollution and pose risks to wildlife. Some organizations and individuals advocate for eco-friendly alternatives.