The main reason why we went to Chiang Mai was because we wanted to witness its famous lantern festival or Yi Peng festival, where thousands of people release floating sky lanterns or khom loi into the sky to symbolize letting go of worries and problems. It’s held throughout Thailand every end of October or early November but since Chiang Mai is the former capital of the Lanna Kingdom, it’s the best place to witness the celebration. It’s a pity we didn’t arrive earlier to join the releasing of lanterns at Mae Jo University. I hear the experience is like no other because everyone releases sky lanterns at the same time, so imagine how beautiful the sky must’ve looked! Major “Tangled” moment! We did join the festivities still. The celebration continued throughout the weekend with fireworks, parades, beauty pageants and displays of colorful lanterns all over the city. People were also releasing floating lanterns along the river to pay respect to water spirits as part of another festival called the Loy Krathong so Chiang Mai was still every bit as magical. I can go and on about how enchanting Chiang Mai’s festivals are but I think it’s best to let the photos speak for themselves.
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