In the darkness there will always be a bright light, and this is a beautiful truth that is celebrated in Thailand during the Yi Peng lanterns festival. Lighting lanterns in the dark nights and letting their fiery glow sail through the sky.
What does this festival represent? The lanterns are used to represent the transitions from the darker days of the rainy season to the lighter days of the cool season, they symbolise people’s problems and worries floating away. Did you know the chines paper lantern they use to light up the sky are also known as ‘sky lanterns’?
“To move, to breath, to fly, to float”
They are also a way to pay respect to Buddha and to honour the goddess of water “Ganga”, as well as a way to let go of all bad memories and to make a wish for good luck. These traditions have been a part of people’s life since the 13th century and is celebrated in Thailand on the 19th November. This celebration is attended by 3000 – 4000 people a year.
The Yi Peng festival, also known as “the festival of lights”, includes other traditions they celebrate such as firework displays, firecrackers, traditional Thai dance shows, a parade, live music and handicraft sessions.
What does the Thai term Yi Peng actually mean? Yi means “two” and Peng means “full moon day”. Yi Peng refers to the full moon day in the second month according to the Lanna lunar calendar.
This festival creates a beautiful atmosphere through and through. The simple yet elegant and breathtaking way to show a great combination of peace and beauty. The festival of lights is a great gesture of a calming and serene lifestyle and remembering to show respect for nature and life itself.
“Thousands of candles can be lighted from a single candle. Happiness never decreases by being shared” – Buddha
“สามารถจุดเทียนได้หลายพันดวงจากเทียนเล่มเดียว ความสุขไม่เคยลดลงจากการ แบ่งปัน”- พระพุทธเจ้า