Yi Peng and Loy Krathong 2023 in Chiang Mai: A Spectacle of Lights

Yi Peng and Loy Krathong 2023 in Chiang Mai: A Spectacle of Lights

Every year, thousands of people from around the world travel to Chiang Mai to witness the renowned Yee Peng and Loy Krathong festivals. Celebrated at the end of November, these festivals create a dazzling spectacle of lights in the sky. In this article, we provide you with everything you need to know about these festivals in 2023.

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Written by Daphne Ha (bloguera de viajes) Updated on 27-11-2023
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Loy Krathong in Chiang Mai
Loy Krathong in Chiang Mai

What are Yi Peng and Loy Krathong?

Yi Peng and Loy Krathong are two Buddhist festivals celebrated simultaneously in northern Thailand. They take place around the full moon of the 12th month of the Thai lunar calendar.

  • Yi Peng involves releasing floating lanterns into the sky, symbolizing the transition from darkness to light according to the Lanna culture of the north.
Yi Peng - Symbolic release toward the light
Yi Peng - Symbolic release toward the light
  • Loy Krathong is a celebration honoring water spirits. Small boats made of banana leaves containing a candle, flowers, and sometimes money are floated on water during this festival.
Loy Krathong - Water Spirits and Traditional Watercraft
Loy Krathong - Water spirits and traditional watercraft

Where to go? Events not to be missed

This year, the festivities will take place from November 26 to 28, 2023.

  • On the evening of November 26: Opening ceremonies at the Three Kings Monument Square and at the Lanna Folklore Museum.
  • On November 27: Thousands of lanterns will be released at Lamphun Golf Course at 6:30 pm. A bus will take you there from Chiang Mai, and reservations are recommended.
  • On the evenings of November 27 and 28 along the banks of the Ping River: Witness the enchanting spectacle of thousands of lights on the water and in the sky.
Thousands of lanterns illuminating the sky
Thousands of lanterns illuminating the sky

More images capturing these two festivals:

In conclusion,

Yi Peng and Loy Krathong in Chiang Mai are a fascinating experience. The festivals provide an opportunity to discover the traditions of the northern region in a festive and luminous atmosphere. To fully enjoy the spectacle, consider booking your tickets in advance.

Source: Internet.


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