Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Yi Peng - Loi Krathong in Chiang Mai - lanterns!

Yi Peng at Watt Dok Kham in Chiang Mai.... with the full moon high in the sky, the lantern floated up to talk with the moon.... or did it?

Yi Peng, the second month of the northern Thailand Lanna calendar, and Loi Krathong, the full moon of the 12th month are celebrated at the same time. 

Lanterns, made out of rice paper, are sent into the night sky during the celebration of Yi Peng and Loi Krathong.  Yi Peng is a northern Thailand celebration, dating back to the 13th century Lanna Empire of Chiang Mai.

The rice paper lanterns are launched into the air where they resemble large flocks of giant fluorescent jellyfish gracefully floating by through the sky as the air currents move them back and forth across the night sky.

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