الاثنين، 25 مايو، 2015

Thailand Lantern Festival

Thailand Lantern Festival
The Lanna people of northern Thailand use "floating lanterns" year round, for celebrations and other special occasions. One very important festival in which sky lanterns are used is the Lanna Yi Peng festival, which is held on a full moon of the 2nd month of the Lanna calendar (which coincides with Loi Krathong, the traditional festival on the 12th month of the Thai lunar calendar). During the Yi Peng festival, a multitude of lanterns are launched into the air where they resemble large flocks of giant fluorescent jellyfish gracefully floating by through the sky. The most elaborate Yi Peng celebrations can be seen in Chiang Mai, the ancient capital of the former Lanna kingdom. The festival is meant as a time to obtain Buddhist merit. In recent times, floating lanterns have become so popular with all Thai people that they have become integrated into the festival in the rest of country

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