Yi Peng and Loy Krathong in Chiang Mai – the Floating Lantern and River Goddess Festivals

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The Yi Peng festival of Chiang Mai is a unique celebration in Northern Thailand that coincides with Loy Krathong, which is celebrated throughout the country. Chiang Mai is the old capital of the Lanna Kingdom, which for many years co-existed independently with Siam. The North part of Thailand still has a certain character and charm that differs from the rest of the country. This is especially reflected in local festivals … Continue reading…

Thai Government Issues 11 Rules to be Broken for Songkran 2013

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Songkran is the traditional Thai New Years holiday that is celebrated each year from April 13-15. These days, it’s known mostly as a water-throwing festival, where for 3 days (or longer in some parts of the country) anybody out in public during daylight hours is open target for squirt guns and buckets of water. “Songkran” comes from the Sanskrit word saṃkrānti, meaning “astrological passage”. It has an Indian origin, but … Continue reading…

Buddhist New Year’s Eve at a Thai Temple

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With so many people rushing around the city to get drunk before the clock turned twelve, it was nice to see local Thai people gather at the temple to ring in the New Year. Thousands gathered at Wat Phra Singh in the middle of Chiang Mai’s old city to make offerings, sit in meditation, and chant prayers. By the time we showed up, a little after 11 pm, it was … Continue reading…