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Yee Peng Schedule

Loy Krathong 2012

The city is lit up with fantastical creatures from both Thai mythology but also the Zodiac along with elephants other creatures.

By Shana Kongmun
This year Yee Peng will be held from November 24-29, with the actual full moon falling on the 28th. While Yee Peng, as it is known in Chiang Mai, or Loy Krathong around Thailand, is one of the biggest festivals in Chiang Mai, it is not actually a public holiday. Government offices and schools remain open. The majority of the festivities take place at night and people around the city flock to the moat and the Ping River to float their krathongs; small floats decorated with banana leaf and flowers. Then add a candle, three sticks of incense, a fingernail clipping, a small lock of hair and a one baht coin and float your old troubles away.
Khom Loy, or the traditional paper hot air balloons fill the sky, many people write messages on the paper before sending it off, again, sending off your worries and troubles. Both the sending off of the Krathong and the Khom (Loy means to send off) is symbolic of letting go of all your grudges, anger and bad feelings and behavior, so that you can start life fresh.
Be sure and save our schedule below so that you can join in all the beauty that this festival has to offer in Chiang Mai. The massive Khom Loy release will be held on November 24 at the Tudongkasatan Lanna Meditation Center near Maejo University.
Yee Peng is a beautiful and colorful time to visit Chiang Mai as lighted lantern sculptures are set up around the city, decorating the four corners, the gates and 3 Kings Monument.

Event Time


    25 26 27 28 29  
1. Press conference at 3 Kings Monument  18.00 - 19.30 18-Nov 3 Kings Monument
2. Opening Ceremony of Lantern Display 18.00-19.30 25-Nov 3 Kings Monument
3. Miracle of Light & Color honoring the 2600th year    25-29 Nov Buddha Satan 
   of Buddha’s Enlightenment
4. Miracle of Khom Fai honoring the Chakri Dynasty   25 Nov-29 Nov Old Courthouse 
5. Miracle of the Land of Culture Lantern Display   25 Nov-29 Nov Tha Pae Gate
6. Miracle of the Lanna Khom Fai honoring HM the King   25 Nov-29 Nov Chiang Mai Gate
7. Miracle of Fancy Elephants Lantern Display     25 Nov- 29 Nov Ku Huang Corner (Suan Buak Haad)
8. 12 Animals of the Zodiac Lantern Sculptures  25-29- Nov.  Suan Dok Gate
9. Miracle of Chiang Mai Games Lantern Sculptures   25-29 Nov.  Chang Puak Gate
10. Miracle of Khom Fai to Honor the King’s 7th cycle Birthday   25-29 Nov.  Sriphoom Corner
11. Luk Thueng (Thai Country) Singing Contests 19.00 - 24.00 26   28 29 Municipal Building
12. Yi Peng Opening Ceremony 18.30-19.00 27     Tha Pae Gate
13. Yi Peng Small Parade & Floats Contest 19.00-22.00 27   Tha Pae Gate to Panthip Plaza
14. Girls Yi Peng Contest 19.00-24.00 27   Municipal Building
15. Floating Krathong Contest evening 27 28 29 Around the moat
16. Temple Gates decorations 09.00-22.00 27 28 29 Temples around the Municipal Bldg
17. Traditional Dhamma Sermon, Rice Alms Giving 09.00 - 22.00 27 28 29 Wat Lok Moli
Traditonal Khom Fai Contest        
18. Ceremony to preserve Northern culture  10.00 - 23.00 27 28 29 Buddha Satan 
pay respects to Phra Sirimangkala
19. Music talent show- alcohol free zone 18.00 - 24.00 27 28 29  On the river
20. Mr. & Miss Yi Peng Beauty Contest 18.00 - 24.00 27 28   Tha Pae Gate
21. Dhamma Sermon and ceremony for Yi Peng 18.00 - 24.00   28   Wat Muang Sat Luang
22. Worship rituals to the spirit house & white pagoda   08.09 - 10.30 28   Municipality, Sri Khong Pier
23. Khom Loy contest  09.00 - 12.00 28   Municipality
24. Banana Leaf & Flower Krathong Contest  09.00 - 17.00 28   Municipality
25..Small Krathong Parade “The pre-enlightenment life of Buddha” 19.00 - 23.00 28   Tha Pae Gate to Municipality
26. Releasing Floating Krathong Sai (krathong on a long line) 19.00 - 21.00 28 29 Ping River in front of Municpality
27.  Fireworks presentation for the H.M. the King  20.00 - 24.00 28 29 Raft in front of Municipality
27. Grand Loy Krathong Parade and Kings Cup contest 18.00 - 24.00 29 Tha Pae Gate to Municipality
Translation courtesy of Shana Kongmun & Ronnakit Norkham, Chiang Mai Mail

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