About the Festival
The concept behind this festival stems from the faith that through sending Buddha an offering into the sky, the spirit of a human being is cleansed and heal misfortune. This festival is observed in all parts of northern Thailand; however, the biggest ceremony happens in the city of Chiang Mai yearly.
During the festival, which happened on the full moon day during the 2nd month of the Lunar calendar or the twelfth month of the Thai lunar calendar, many rice paper lanterns known as khom loi are set off in the sky. The faithfully significant lantern ritual used to be for the monks’ participation; however, today, visitors and guests can join by highly coveted entry tickets.
This festival comes forth announcing the ending of the rains and the start of a clear, bright as well as gay atmosphere. As the event approaches, streets begin to get accentuated with overhung lighted lanterns. Boats are also decorated beautifully, and alleys and streets buzz with travelers and happy locals; each one is ready to welcome the event with arms wide open.