Loi Krathong and Lantern Festival 2014 Chiang Mai

Posted: December 8, 2014 in Uncategorized

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Loi Krathong Bridge

The Thais love a good festival and Loi Krathong is no exception. Loi Krathong is an ancient Buddhist celebration of the water spirits. During the festival there are huge parades, parties, fireworks and other types of revelry. Traditionally, people make ‘krathongs’ or small decorative floats that they set off into the water to give thanks and respect to the spirits. Krathongs are usually made of banana leaves decorated with flowers, candles, and incense. People crowd around the river banks all across Thailand to set these floats off into the water.

Loi Krathong Val

Loi Krathong Lights

Loi Krathong happens to coincide with a Lanna (northern Thai) festival of Yi Peng. This is the annual festival where people release thousands of huge floating paper lanterns into the sky. It’s a ritual that’s intended to show respect to Buddha. People say that when you release a lantern it’s supposed to receive you of something bad that’s been troubling you…

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