Holidays in Thailand - Loy Krathong and Yee Peng in Chiang Mai

Three days in a row in Chiang Mai held a holiday LoyKratong. Honestly, we learned about him, purely by chance. When they tried to buy train tickets for Bangkok-Chiang Mai, and there were no tickets for the near future, everyone was traveling to a holiday in the north of Thailand. I suppose that it is in Chiang Mai that this action takes place the most enchanting.

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On the day of the holiday everyone found out about him, even those whodid not want to know anything. On the streets every minute firecrackers exploded, rockets were launched and a salute was booming. Therefore, there were only two options, either try to sleep, or go and join.

This link contains information (in English, however) regarding both holidays in 2012 and a schedule of all events.

Loy krathong festival

Loy Kratnog is an ancient holiday in Thailandsymbolizing the end of the rainy season, and held in November. Loy translated to sail, Kratong - a small boat. All the locals buy small kratongs and lower them into the water, thereby thanks to the goddess of water for the rains and releasing all their sins and sorrows with the floating flesh. Reminds holiday Ivan Kupala. Loy Krathong is as important a holiday for Thais as the new year.

Do on the spot and sell craton

Do on the spot and sell craton

Starting a craton on a long journey

Starting a craton on a long journey

Kratong float on the water, taking away all the troubles away

Kratong float on the water, taking away all the troubles away

Everywhere in the city, candles are burning, both inside the houses and on the streets, and paper figures of local folklore shine on the river channel.

Candles throughout Chiang Mai

Candles throughout Chiang Mai

Glowing shapes on the water

Glowing shapes on the water

Glowing figures throughout Chiang Mai

Glowing figures throughout Chiang Mai

All Chiang Mai is in the lights

All Chiang Mai is in the lights

Yee peng festival

In Chiang Mai, at the same time, moreYee Peng festival. Thousands of rice paper lanterns soar into the sky, on the black sky it looks especially beautiful. This action symbolizes the ascension of a Buddhist saint to heaven.

Folded lights sell at every corner.

Folded lights sell at every corner.

Police help launch lanterns correctly.

Police help launch lanterns correctly.

We are waiting for the hot air to fill all the space.

We are waiting for the hot air to fill all the space.

Launch burning designs in the sky

Launch burning designs in the sky

Burning flashlight flies into the sky

Burning flashlight flies into the sky

Lanterns run across the black sky

Lanterns run across the black sky

Thais, as I understand it, love to have fun. Therefore, they arrange holidays in Thailand on their own, including Loy Kratong, launching cratony in long voyages and balloons to heaven, blowing up millions of kilograms of pyrotechnics. From the organized - this is only a parade on the waterfront, but dancing on public stages. Although I would not be surprised if this was done almost without the participation of the authorities.

Dances in public areas

Dances in public areas

Dances in public areas

Dances in public areas

Musical group

Musical group

You can eat at every corner.

You can eat at every corner.

I always thought monasticism was somethinghumble However, seeing how Buddhist monks-children celebrate Loy Krathong, I wondered if my childhood had passed correctly, and whether it was time to go to religion before it was too late. The noise from them was even greater than from the crowds of people on the embankment near Foot Bridge, and watching passers-by from the explosion of firecrackers bounce their favorite thing. Next to the Buddhist temple, you could launch a lantern into the sky at a speculative price of 80 baht, when this cost 35 baht everywhere.

The kids launch lights in the sky

The kids launch lights in the sky

Children launch lanterns in the sky - Loy Kratong and Yi Peng Festival

Children launch lanterns in the sky - Loy Kratong and Yi Peng Festival

Buddhist temple

Buddhist temple

Lanterns near the Buddhist temple

Lanterns near the Buddhist temple

Despite the good atmosphere and beauty of the holiday,being in a crowd is quite difficult, especially in the places of the epicenter of fun - a crush, very noisy, constantly jumping up from explosions next to you, and flying and burning constructions tend to fall on your head. However, I was pleased that there were no irresponsible drunk people and fights.

All of Chiang Mai gathered on the waterfront

All of Chiang Mai gathered on the waterfront

The whole crowd walks together and launches flashlights

The whole crowd walks together and launches flashlights

I wonder how many people suffered in the end, myselfI personally saw how a burning lantern almost flew through the window of the house. In general, we had enough for about half an hour in the center of the holiday, the rest of the time we just walked around the city watching the processions of burning balloons plying the sky.

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