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Date: 31 October 2020

Place: Thailand

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Thousands year ago, sky lanterns were used not only as light sources but also to relay important military signals across long distances. Nowaday, the traditional lanterns are used to commemorate cultural and spiritual celebrations across Asia and one of the most renowned festivals are Loy Krathong and Yipeng in Thailand.

These two of Thailand’s most famous festivals take place on the same day, on the fullmoon day during the second month of the Lanna lunar calendar (the 12th month of the Thai lunar calendar).

The Yi Peng Festival is celebrated across northern Thailand, but the biggest ceremony takes place in Chiang Mai. Thousand of rice paper lanterns (called khom loi) are released into the sky. People believe that by sending the Buddha an offering into the sky, their spirit can be cleansed and their misfortune can be healed. This ceremony used to be for monks’ participation only, but today tourists can attend by purchasing entry tickets.

Loy Krathong

Meanwhile, Loy Krathong is celebrated nationwide. During the ceremony, krathongs (lotus-shaped baskets traditionally made out of a banana stalk and stocked with candles and incense) are released into a river and waterways. The krathong floating on the water symbolizes one’s willingness to let go of hatred and anger. Some people place hair and fingernails inside the krathong to symbolize letting go of their past mistakes and negative thoughts. It is a purification ceremony to enlighten the mind and bring good fortune. The most popular celebrations take place in Bangkok, Sukhothai and Chiang Mai.

Let join with Passion Asia Team in this very unique celebration that takes place once a year only and enjoy it.

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