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Yee Peng: The Festival of Hanging Lanterns, Festival of Light

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Yee Peng: The Festival of Hanging Lanterns, Festival of Light
Yee Peng, Lantern Festival is the unique traditional practice of Chiang Mai locals. It is northern Thailand's version of 'Loy Kratong' celebration.
About to happen in the festival are Yi Peng Lantern contest, light and sound presentation, rafts competition, rowing boat race, 'Kratong' contest and various kinds of local plays and performances.

The unusual ritual of launching Lanna-style hot air "lantern balloons" is a unique aspect of the Chiang Mai Loi Krathong festival in Thailand. Traditional belief has it that when these huge hot air balloons are set adrift and float away, so do the troubles of the persons who launched the balloon.

Yee Peng literally means the full moon night of the twelfth lunar month and the Chiang Mai 'Yipeng' and 'Loi Krathong', the Festival of Lights is organised annually by the Chiang Mai Municipality in Thailand.

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