Experience Festivals in Chiang Mai
Thailand has many holidays and hosts some of the most iconic festivals to celebrate them. Twinkling lights, welcoming smiles, and hypnotizing Buddhist prayers bring joy and wonder to the atmosphere. Chiang Mai is not only a special place to call home, but also an enchanting place to enjoy festivals throughout the year.
Loy Krathong and Yi Peng, also known as the lantern festival, is one of Southeast Asia’s most picturesque events. During this three-day festival, bamboo-floats decorated intricately with flowers and leaves known as “krathongs,” are made with family and friends at the end of the rainy season as a way to pay respects to the water spirits. Hair strands and nail clippings are placed in krathongs to celebrate new beginnings and release negative thoughts and misfortune, wash away sins of the past year, and make wishes for the coming year. Thousands of small, candle-lit offerings are sent down rivers and waterways and lanterns light up the sky like ignited stars.
Songkran, the Thai New Year, is another legendary celebration practiced by Thais and enjoyed by all. Water is poured on Buddha statues and the young and elderly as a symbol of purification and the washing away of one’s sins and bad luck. Paying reverence to ancestors is an important part of the
Songkran tradition that is still upheld today. Businesses are closed while Thais return home to their families to be with their loved ones and elders. After making merit at the local temple, water is poured on the hands of the elders as a means to ask for their blessings, then food is prepared to pay their respects. Major streets are closed and Thais and Westerners of all ages unite in the world’s largest water fight.
Lucky for us, our home of Chiang Mai is known to be the best city in Thailand to experience the festivities and join in the fun.