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Khom Loi (sky lantern) at Yi Peng lantern festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Khom Loi (sky lantern) at Yi Peng lantern festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand

Khom Loi (sky lantern) at Yi Peng lantern festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand Yi Peng lantern festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand Yi Peng lantern festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand Yi Peng lantern festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand

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As my journey to the north part of Thailand, which is Chiang Mai to document a story about this Loy Krathong festival. In Chiang Mai, Loy Krathong is celebrated in their own style and in a bit different way.

It is called Yi Peng Lantern Festival.

In this Yi Peng Festival in Chiang Mai, a balloon like ‘Khom Loi’ lanterns, ‘Khom Fai’ – a fire lantern and ‘Khom Khwan’ – a smoke lantern are flown into the sky as a symbol of worship to Phrathat Chulamani in heaven.

I was there to witness this awesome, beautiful event. Thousands of 'sky lanterns' are floating in the sky of Chiang Mai. After a year of planning about this trip, with very little information I still manage to come and witness it with my own eyes and capture it with my camera. I must say this the one of the awesome things I have ever seen in my life.

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Published on 2/13/11

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