A Photo Essay

Yi Peng – Chiang Mai’s floating lantern festival

Yi Peng may just possibly be my favourite festival – at least in terms of the sheer beauty one experiences being here!Β If you would like details on how to get here, please see my Where & When post for the festival. Otherwise, sit back and enjoy the photos (make sure you see all the pages, as they keep getting better and better as the night progressed!)

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Before the lantern ceremony begins, there are several cultural shows to observe around the festival grounds.

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This was a traditional Lanna ceremony in which 16 woman danced down the center of the grounds on the red carpet.

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The woman were all in traditional dress, and wore long golden fingernails, which were incorporated into the movements of their hands.

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The 16 women danced in synchronized movements and it was hypnotizing watching them with the glittering fingernails constantly catching your attention.

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They danced from the moment dusk broke, until night had finally fallen upon the crowd. A wonderful performance, and very representative of the ancient Lanna culture of Northern Thailand.

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20 Responses

  1. Beautiful post, beautiful pictures! My favourite is the last one on page 7, with the two monks who have just released their lantern. Although I don’t know you, I am sorry to hear about your Dad. It seems the ceremony was a good way to connect and let go at the same time. All the best to you and your family!

    1. Hey Vera! Thanks for the lovely comments πŸ™‚ The monk photos are some of my faves too (save the best for last)! It was such a special end to the night getting in ‘backstage’ after the ceremony had ended, and having almost a second ceremony with them.

      I see you’re working with Finding the Universe! I love the site – are you travelling with Laurence? I hope to meet up sometime soon!

      Also, re: my dad! Thanks as well. I think it was a perfect tribute to him. I know he’d have loved it!! πŸ™‚

    1. Thanks Sean! I wish you could have stayed too – though the Mexican warm-up party was still pretty great πŸ™‚ Glad you had a good time, and looking forward to seeing you out here on your next trip!!

  2. I love love LOVE your photos from this festival. What a great experience to remember your father’s birthday and make a wish for him. That must have been so emotional and uplifting. We also experienced a lunar eclipse on the 28th, which marks endings. It’s a lighter period – I do feel a relief from a busy fall. It’s exciting to see these pictures because they remind me of New Year’s and I’m ready for the adventures and challenges of 2013!

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    1. Hey Natalie!
      Thanks for the wonderful comments πŸ™‚ It did definitely mean a lot to me being there. It was quite uplifting (pun intended). Amazing you had a lunar eclipse on the full moon! It’s definitely a time of change and regrowth – even in Canada, where nature is shutting down for winter’s arrival πŸ™‚

  3. The most fantastic photos of the floating lanterns I’ve ever seen. I have taken many photos of the lanterns myself, but they were no where near this spectacular. Thanks for sharing.

    1. Hey Beth! Thanks for the comment – yup, you missed quite the show – but I actually missed it by a week last year, so this was me making up for it… and it will still be here next year too πŸ˜‰ Where did you head off to next?

    1. Thanks Micki – did you get to the following pages as well? (the pics just get better from there on in… ). Also – have you ever been to Yi Peng? if not, I suggest you definitely put it up on your bucket list!!

    1. There’s always a special feeling being in the presence of monks πŸ™‚ I love the joy in their eyes as they light their own lanterns at this festival as well! When did you go?

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