Loi Krathong and Yi Peng: More on Thailand

Loi Krathong and Yi Peng: More on Thailand

After my post last week about the King of Thailand’s funeral, I couldn’t get my trips to Thailand out of my head—part of the reason might be because it was Loi Krathong and Yi Ping over the weekend—the Thai festival of lights. There are two parts to the celebration, which lasts almost a full week in Thailand. Yi Peng, the festival of lights that takes place in Northern Thailand is done to show respect for the Buddha, while Loi Krathong is a festival of lights on the water, where people can send off their respects to the water spirits and the Buddha.

Yi Peng – The festival of lights

Yi Peng is one of my favorite celebrations, which involves sending up lanterns into the air. The first Yi Peng festival that I attended was in Chiang Mai, Thailand a few years ago, and it is still easily one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I went with friends to a field in Mae Jo, where we bought lanterns made by locals and all took places in a large field while we listened to the monks chant and perform prayers to the Buddha before everyone released their lanterns into the sky at once. It was a truly unforgettable experience.

Despite having so many people around, it was a very unique and personal experience, shared with close friends who all wrote their hopes and wishes on the lanterns before sending them into the sky at once.

I have been back to Chiang Mai since for Yi Peng, but the experience has never been quite the same as the first time—there was something so magical about being out in a field, surrounded by tiki lights and happy strangers, even though it took three hours to leave while we were stuck shuffling with the crowd out to the roads. Everyone was relaxed and happy, and there was a lot of freedom in that moment. The festival took place on a small river with locals selling food and drinks along the path to the field.

What I loved the most about my first experience was the feeling of being content. There was something very magical about it, that I was never able to recapture. When I went back the second time, I celebrated in the city—and I regretted that I wasn’t there this year to celebrate, as it would have been a very emotional time for the Thai people following so closely after their beloved King’s death.

What I have discovered, though, is that the festival has started to take place in the U.S. in certain cities each year. A company called The Lantern Fest has been hosting celebrations across the country, which I am putting on my bucket list for 2018.

Here’s the link if anyone is interested: I highly recommend experiencing this (and don’t worry, I think plenty of safety precautions are taken)

http://www.thelanternfest.com/about/

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