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Published on : Wednesday, August 16, 2017
The beloved festival of Loy Krathong is a time of glimmering lights, fun-filled revelry, and new beginnings. Across Thailand, people release krathong (floating sculptures fashioned from banana trunk, banana leaves, flowers, candles and incense) into rivers and lakes as a way of thanking and paying respect to the Goddess of Water. This tradition also symbolises bidding goodbye to past misfortunes and welcoming new blessings.
Loy Krathong in Chiang Mai
In Chiang Mai, the Festival of Lights takes on an added dimension of enchantment thanks to Yi Ping, the Northern Thai festival of sky lanterns, which coincides with Loy Krathong. Not only are glowing lanterns released into the river but also into the sky. The result is one of the most spectacular sights in the world, with hundreds of twinkling lights illuminating both the heavens and the earth.
For three days, the city comes alive with traditional lanterns, sound and light shows, boat races, beauty contests and traditional games. The grand Krathong Parade is one of the highlights, with elaborate floats and costume-clad participants offering a glimpse into the country’s fascinating past legends and present-day pop culture.
Festival of Lights Offer
Experience Loy Krathong in unique style with a special package from Four Seasons Resort Chiang Mai. Learn to handcraft festive lanterns at the Resort, then take a limousine ride into Chiang Mai town on November 4, 2017 to join the lively local celebrations, including the vibrant Krathong Parade. Witness the breath-taking sight of hundreds of glowing lights rising in the sky and floating down the river from the best spot, and release lanterns for blessings and good fortune. Afterwards, return to the soulful sanctuary of the Resort, nestled amid lush rice fields and mystical mountains.
On November 3, enjoy a Lanna-style dinner with interactive live stations and traditional music and dance performances. Float krathongs carrying lights and release kum loys (wish lanterns) within the premises of the Resort for a memorable celebration.