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Yi Peng and Loi Krathong Festival 2019: A Mesmerising Event in Thailand You Shouldn’t Miss (VIDEO)

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Posted on 01 October 2019

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Deeply embedded in Buddhism, the Yi Peng and Loi Krathong Festival is the second most important festival in Thailand, preceded only by Songkran. During the full moon of the 12th lunar month (typically in November), the night skies are lit up by thousands of floating lanterns, while the rivers, lakes and canals flow with beautiful flower baskets.

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While Yi Peng and Loi Krathong are separate events, they are celebrated simultaneously. The Yi Peng festival involves launching fire-powered paper lanterns into the sky, allowing them to take away your troubles and bad luck as you wish for better things to come. This celebration is most concentrated in Chiang Mai, where you can view thousands of warm-coloured lanterns against the full moon sky along the Mae Ping River, followed by Lanna cultural performances.

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On the other hand, Loi Krathong represents the part of the festival where people release small decorated floats made of banana leaves or dried bread known as “krathongs” into rivers, lakes and other waterways. Coins and incense sticks are often added to the floats, which are decorated with fresh flowers. This is done to show gratitude and pay respect to the Goddess of Water, and also seek forgiveness from the river spirits for polluting the water. Like the fire lanterns, the Krathong symbolises good fortune and acts as a vehicle that brings all your troubles away. Packist Tip: Avoid styrofoam krathongs at all costs! The river spirits certainly won’t appreciate plastic pollutants in the rivers.

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Yi Peng and Loi Krathong this year will take place from 11 to 13 November 2019 in major cities like Bangkok and Chiang Mai, as well as in provinces like Samut Songkhram and Suphan Buri. Remember to plan your trip early to avoid any peak season charges! Let Packist help you secure the best spots for flights, accommodation and city tours, designing a travel itinerary that focuses on what you want to do and what you want to see. Click here to view our Thailand travel packages or call us at +603 - 2742 7889 for a free custom quote.

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