Loy Krathong Festival
Dates: November 13 – 15, 2016
Each year the Loi Krathong Festival features activities at various venues throughout the city such boat races on the Mae Ping River, Yipeng lantern procession and contest, Beauty contest, and Krathong parades and contests. The dates of the Loy Krathong Festival always cause plenty of confusion. They change every year depending on the full moon. Loy Krathong is not an official public holiday in Thailand. The Loy Krathong Festival is one of the most interesting and fascinating festivals in Thailand. We offer a scheduled Chiang Mai Loy Krathong package tour.
The history of Loy Krathong Festival is rather obscure. Some believe that Krathong was first created by Tao Sri Chulalak or Nang Noppamas in Sukothai. Others overlook its origin yet focus on the purposes of the ritual: to pay respect to the Goddess of the Water showing their gratitude on their plentiful use of water and ask for forgiveness in the ensuing pollution. Floating the beautiful Krathong away is the key activity of the Loy Krathong Festival. It also refers to flying away misfortune and bad things in the past and asking for good luck in the future. Although it is not a national holiday, many activities other than floating Krathong, are conducted in this festival, such as, contests of Krathong-making and Noppamas beauty pageants, local games and performances and you can join this spectacular occasion at Chiang Mai where it is specifically called Yee Peng – floating of lanterns into the sky.
Due to the passing away of King Bhumibol Adulyadej on October 13 the Loy Krathong program is changed. Below is the latest update, dd October 26.
Saturday, November 12 – Friday, November 18
1800-2400 – Traditional Lanna Candle Tray Decoration – Location: All City Fortresses
1800-2400 – Lantern and City Decoration – Location: Three Kings Monument
1800-2400 – Floating Krathong Lotus-shaped devotion ornament Decoration contest – Location: All City Fortresses
Sunday, November 13
1830 to 1900 – Opening Ceremony “2016 Chiang Mai Yi Peng Festival” – Location: Tha Pae Gate
**There will no parade from Thapae Gate to Chiang Mai Municipality on November 13**
Sunday November 13 – Monday November 14
0809-1030 – Worshipping ritual to Saint Sirimangkala – Location: Chiang Mai’s Buddhist Society
0900-2200 – Great Sermon “Tang Tham Luang” and Candletray Decoration for pagodas Worshipping – Location: Loke Molee Temple
Sunday November 13 – Tuesday November 15
All day – Pratu Pa (welcome gate for those who are returning from the forest) – Location: Temples and municipal communities
Monday, November 14 (Full Moon)
0809 – 1030 – Worshiping Ritual to House of Spirits, White Pagoda and Ping River – Location: Chiang Mai Municipal Building and Srikhong Temple’s pier
0900 – 1700 – Handmade Krathong Contest – Location: Office of Chiang Mai Municipality
1900 – 2300 – Continuity floating ritual of tiny candlelit Krathong (Krathong Sai)
**There will no parade from Thapae Gate to Chiang Mai Municipality on November 14**
Tuesday, November 15
1900 – 2300 – The Grand Krathong Procession Contest (for The Royal Trophy) – Location: Thapae Gate to Chiang Mai Municipality **This will be the only Loy Krathong 2016 Parade**
1 – It is allowed to release “fire lanterns” on November 14 and 15 from 1900 until 0100.
2 – Fireworks are forbidden.
We have a Loy Krathong package available.