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What is the Yi Peng Lantern Festival?

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Yi Peng is celebrated in Northern Thailand in Chiang Mai on the full moon in the 12th month on the Thai lunar calendar. The Festival is celebrated usually in November. During Yi Peng there are festive parades and many lanterns!

During Yi Peng many lanterns “khom loi” are sold so they can be released into the sky. These lanterns can be very big; they are usually around 3-4 feet tall even. Releasing a lantern represents moving from the darkness to a brighter future. Also, people usually make a wish when releasing their lantern.

There is also many firework shows, food, dance shows, contests and more to celebrate.

Many Thai people are Buddhist. Lots of the temples and houses decorate with flowers, leaves, lanterns, and candles for Yi Peng.

Yi Peng also happens at the same time as Loy Kathrong, which is a lantern festival celebrated in other parts of Thailand!

This year the Yi Peng festival takes place on November 8-9! If you are ever in Thailand at the time of Yi Peng and Loy Kathrong, make sure to check it out!

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