Yi Peng Lantern Festival • Chiang Mai
Yi Peng is a religious festival held every year in Chiang Mai city, Thailand to show respect for Buddah. The date of the festival coincides with Loi Krathong, a Siamese festival celebrated all through the Kingdom of Thailand and nearby countries that have Tai cultures.
Yi Peng Festival has taken place in Mae Jo University or the Lanna Dhutanka grounds since 2015 and tickets go up to $100, which includes your food, drink and lantern.
During the festival, sky lanterns are released at the ams time around 9pm. These are believed to end a persons setbacks or bad luck, especially when the lantern disappears from the persons view before its fire goes out.
There is an hour long religious ceremony celebrating Buddah before the lanterns are released.
The Yi Peng Festival poses a unique vibe, with monks in bright orange dresses and shaved heads, chanting and candles are carried along with guests who hold honorary candles.
The lantern release can be witnessed from several nearby locations but you can only get the full experience at Mae Jo University in Chiang Mai.
The Yi Peng Lantern Festival holds each year at the end of November so if you are in the area, endeavour to take in the full experience of the festival and be a part of an event with the complete culture of Thailand.