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  • Tom 1:11 pm on October 31, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , , Songkran, , , , , Yi Peng, Yi Peng celebration, Yi Peng Loy Krathong   

    Yi Peng festivities in Chiang Mai picking up 

    Yi Peng festivities in Chiang Mai picking up

    Tourists and revelers have begun to take to the streets of Chiang Mai as part of the province’s famous Yi Peng Loy Krathong celebration. Authorities have prepared over 200 additional transport vehicles to assist in inner-city travel during the festival. (More …)

  • Tom 1:08 pm on October 31, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , banana leaves, , , candles, , , , , flowers, incense sticks, khlong, khom fai, Khom Loi, , Lanna traditio, , , , musical performances, Nang Noppamas, , Pra Mae Khong Kha, , , , water, Yi Peng   

    Loy Krathong Festival 

    Loy Kratong Festival

    As the moon radiates at its fullest on the twelfth lunar month, countless lanterns are set to glide on the waters of the rivers and khlongs. Made from a section of a banana tree trunk embroidered with elaborately folded banana leaves, flowers, candles and incense sticks, the once dark, still waters come to life as the lanterns glimmer like stars. Fireworks explode in the sky with colors and the Nang Noppamas beauty pageant is held to search for the loveliest lady in the Thai national costume.

    Loy means to float and Krathong means a vessel. Held annually on the full moon night of November, the Loy Krathong tradition of setting afloat the krathongs can be traced back to the 14th century in the reign of King Ramkhamhaeng of Sukhothai when his favorite consort Nang Noppamas created a lotus-shaped krathong to pay tribute to the Lord Buddha’s footprints on Nammathanathi River in India. (More …)

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