Chiang Mai Lantern Festival held once a year in Chiang Mai, Thailand, for paying a homage and respect to the Lord Buddha; also releasing bad luck while receiving good luck; by floating more than 5,000 lanterns at a time to the sky at night under the full moon.
Chiang Mai is renowned as the one province where has the most beautiful lantern ceremony in Thailand and organizes the event every year outside the city.
Lanna kingdom is the area that including Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Thailand who have similar culture as the upper land. Northern people of Thailand has a unique culture that can’t find or see very often nowadays. This is the Buddhist ceremony that we still keep continue doing as long as we could.
At the ceremony, you can do a meditation while listening to monks’ chanting and pray at a moment. Then wait for the leader of monks floats the first lantern then villagers will float them at a time. Amount of lantern at one time are floating to the sky is more than 5,000 lanterns which are made from light and thin papers and add a ring of wax on them for lighting a fire. There are many different sizes that you can choose size you want but not in the ceremony which is only one big size for sell. If you have an opportunity to sit on the ground nearby torches that a temple who organized the ceremony is provided for tourists. If not, you need to bring your own lighter or borrow from other at that time. For photographers, you can get on the seat that they prepared for press to get photographs and videos very easily.
Villagers will wear white clothes for the ceremony which is very respectfully to the Buddhism.
Not allow to buy a lantern from outside the ceremony because they provided a different type of lantern in the ceremony.