Lantern Festival Yee Peng – Chiang Mai through my eyes
Lantern Festival Yee Ping or Yi Ping is a festival held just before the Loy Krathong festival in Thailand. The act of releasing the lanterns on this day signifies letting go of all misfortunes and ills of the past year. Besides, people also like to make a wish before releasing the lanterns in the sky.
Yee Peng is the Buddhist festival of lights where people release lanterns in respect to Buddha. Buddhists believe that this washes away bad Karma and makes wishes come true. Especially, it is one of the top things you should do when backpacking Thailand.
Yee Peng festival usually corresponds with Loi Krathong, another festival in which little lotus shaped floats made out of paper are released in a river to bring good luck.
A lesser known fact about Yee Peng is that are two of celebrations. The first one is in late October. This is the local Yi Peng and is free to attend. The second festival, in early November, is about one week later and requires a ticket.
The celebrations are practically identical though the second one is geared towards tourists. This is the celebration that also corresponds with Loi Krathong. Both these festivals take place at Mae Jo University near Chiang Mai.
I attended the Yee Peng Lantern Festival in Chiang Mai this year. Here are some moments I’ve captured to remember this amazing festival which happened to be on my birthday eve this year.
Lantern Festival Yee Ping – Written by Rishabh Dev. For more great information from Rish, check out his blog
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