Loi Krathong Festival Thailand

Loi Krathong is a lights festival celebrated annually throughout southwestern Tai cultures where it gives homage to the Buddha. The event, which takes place on the evening of the full moon of the 12th month in the traditional Thai lunar calendar, comes from the tradition of making “krathong or buoyant”, decorated baskets, which are then floated on a river.
In the north of Thailand, this festival becomes Yee Peng, in which the baskets are replaced with sky lanterns that are leave floating in the sky after a prayer or a wish as a sign of good auspice and premonition. The most emotional Yee Peng celebrations can be seen in Chiang Mai, the ancient capital of the former Lanna kingdom, where now both Loi Krathong and Yi Peng are celebrated at the same time resulting in lights floating on the waters, lights hanging from trees or standing on walls, and lights floating in the sky.