Friday

Thousands of Lanterns Aloft



Just found this amazing video over at Neat-o-rama, detailing the lantern launching ceremony that goes along with the Chiang Mai Yi Peng Festival. This from the site:

"The Chiang Mai Yi Peng Festival is an Buddhist holy day in Thailand. That evening, celebrants send send burning lanterns aloft, floating on hot air. According to YouTube user bugzila:

[...]it is the great festival of Lanna duly succeeded from ancient age. “Yi Peng” or full-moon day of second lunar month of Lanna villagers is corresponding to the full-moon day of 12th month of central region during the end of raining season and beginning of cold season when the climate is very nice and fair. One tradition of Lanna other than Loi Kra Thong on the river is to light up the lantern and float up in the sky based on their belief that to pay worship to Phra Ket Kaew Julamanee in the heaven or to relief one’ bad luck for more auspicious life."

6 comments:

  1. I would like to see something like this, but the Texas Forest Service would have a fit if they saw that take place out here.

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  2. This is totally magic and beautiful. THanks so much for sharing it.

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  3. that was beautiful...thank you for sharing...it was elevating.

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  4. Ha - elevating. Thanks for the comments all. Glad you liked it.

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  5. They appear almost as small as lunch sacks, but other videos show the launch and the massive size of these. What a display!

    Thanks for the share!

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  6. Cathe - Thanks for the comment. Maybe because your husband is a firefighter, you can get a permit to do this in Petaluma.

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