New style ‘safety’ Yipeng lanterns to be used for Loi Krathong festival
The organising committee, led by deputy Chiang
Mai governor Chuchart Keelapaeng, (2nd right), held a press conference to
introduce a new style of safety Yipeng lanterns to be used for the upcoming
Loi Krathong festival .
The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, the Provincial
Electricity Authority and Tudong Satan Lanna in Mae Rim from where 3,000 –
5,000 Yipeng lanterns are released each year, have cooperated in designing
‘Tamchai’ lanterns, which will be used in the upcoming Yipeng Lantern
Festival as well as in the following years’ events. A new slogan for this
year’s celebration, ‘Release Yipeng lanterns to preserve Lanna Customs’, has
also been created by the Tourism Authority of Thailand , (TAT), and the
Traditionally, the releasing of Yipeng lanterns was associated with
eliminating bad luck and bringing in good fortune, with the lanterns in
great demand countrywide. According to TAT, the lanterns are now mostly
associated with the Loi Kratong festival and the bringing of many tourists
to Chiang Mai. As a result, in recent years an increase in the number of
lanterns has caused fires, disruption to electrical supplies and
interference with air traffic..
During previous festivals, the number of Yipeng lanterns that fell onto high
voltage substations has increased from 91 in 2006 to 147 in 2008, causing 53
power outages in a number of provinces and damage estimated at 4.5 million
baht. Flights from Chiang Mai International Airport were also affected. For
these reasons, the modified Tamchai balloons were designed.
The new lanterns will come in 3 sizes; the largest being 140 cm. in length
and 90 cm in; diameter; the medium size is 100 cm in length and 70 cm in
diameter and the smallest is 70 cm in length and 45 cm in diameter. The wire
is 30 cm long, and will stay attached to the lantern. The wick burns more
quickly and will go out before the lantern falls. The light weight of the
new design passes the standard of the Department of Civil Aviation.
The new design was tested November 8 last year, with no fires or power
Vegetarian festival in honour of HM the
King to be highlight of Chiang Mai tourism
(Left to right) Chalermsak Suranant, Director of
TAT’s Chiang Mai Office,
Chumporn Saengmanee, Deputy Governor of Chiang Mai, Boonlert Buranupakorn,
President of Chiang Mai Provincial Administrative Organisation and Chadcharn
Eakchaipatanakul, the managing director of Wanasanan Shop, chaired a press
conference to introduce the vegetarian festival which will take place
between October 18 and 26.
A press conference was held October 7 at the Green Lake Resort Hotel
to announce a vegetarian festival in honour of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej,
chaired by Chiang Mai deputy governor Chumporn Saengmanee, President of the
Chiang Mai Provincial Administrative Organisation Boonlert Buranupakorn,
Wanasanan Shop MD Chadcharn Eakchaipatanakul, and TAT Chiang Mai’s director
The event will take place between October 18 and 26 at Buddhasathan on
Thapae Road, and will be Chiang Mai’s largest annual vegetarian festival.
Activities will include a merit-making and worship-oriented parade on 26th,
beginning at the train station and progressing through Wararos Market to
Buddhasathan. The main highlight of the festival will be a huge pan of fried
The Chiang Mai Provincial Administrative Organisation is promoting the
annual vegetarian event as a highlight of tourism in the city and invites
all residents to make merit by practicing vegetarianism in dedication to His
Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s good health.
The European Union Film
Festival 2009 in Chiang Mai
European cinema is coming to a screen near you! For the 18th time the
European Union Film Festival brings the best of European films to
Thailand, offering audiences a world class selection of drama, comedy,
romance, suspense and documentary. 24 films from 18 European countries
are featured in the programme. The EU Film Festival will run in Chiang
Mai from November 5 to 15 at the Vista, Kad Suan Kaew and in Bangkok on
19 to 29 at SF World Cinema.
The highlights of the 2009 film festival include feature films which
have won multiple prestigious awards such as California Dreaming
(Romania), One Beloved Month of August (Portugal), Adventures (Hungary)
and Ben X (Belgium). For the first time there is also a grand selection
of documentary films such as Citizen Havel (Czech Republic), Sounds like
Teen Spirit (UK), La Paloma (Germany) and Good Morning Heartache
The festival will open with Zozo, an extraordinary story of the journey
of a young Lebanese immigrant to Sweden, based on the real life
experiences of the film’s director. Dr. Sigrid Faltin, film director
from Germany will attend the screenings of her film “La Paloma Longing
Worldwide” in Chiang Mai on the 15th and also attend at the opening in
Bangkok on the 19th. The films from Germany, Netherlands and Poland all
have Thai subtitles; otherwise the films are subtitled in English.
The EU Film Festival 2009 is organised by the Delegation of the European
Commission to Thailand and the Embassies and cultural organisations of
the EU Member States.
For more information contact Khun Kobkul Ratchakitti at the Delegation
of the European Commission on 02-305-2600 ext 2646 / 02-305-2646 or at
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