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Yi Peng (or Yee Peng) is the festival of the floating lanterns, celebrated at the same time as Loi Krathong. It comes from a tradition of Lanna’s kingdom (kingdom of the one million rice fields) in the XIIIth century, and Chiang Mai was it’s center. This tradition is itself coming from ancient China, and the historical is very long…
This tremendous ceremony takes place in Mae Jo’s university, 50km far from Chiang Mai and the D day is always kept secret to avoid mass tourism, you can read more about it in last year’s post “Mae Jo Lantern ceremony”.
Please remember that a second one, almost similar takes place a few days later, but this is especially for tourists and it costs : 100$ !!!!
Once the lanterns are let free, the sky is burning with millions wishes …. wishes for peace, and these lights soon merge with the stars.It is very moving and poetic, the best thing is to go there and take part to it … once in a lifetime !
Let’s go straight away to the release of the lanterns, this time, the video is more spectacular … last year the lantern in front of me had gone too late and had hidden the whole show.
It’s posted as raw right now … but it needs some stabilization.
After the Yi Peng ceremony, lots of people stay for one hour or more, to release more lanterns, full of wishes, more intimate.
Time to leave, with my friend François, a retired press photographer, now living in Chiang Mai, with his Thai wife.
It takes us a good 45 minutes to get away and more than one hour to get back to Chiang Mai, the traffic is getting heavier every year, but it does allow me to make photos, like here, a view on the back of a songthaew, a “collective taxi”.