The Yee Peng festival is celebrated each year on the full moon of the 12th lunar month of the Thai calendar, which usually falls in November. Put it on your ‘must see’ list and book early as airfares and accommodation fill up fast. Other towns in northern Thailand celebrate Yee Peng, however, Chiang Mai is famously the best place to experience the Festival of Lights.
Many festival participants dress in traditional Lanna clothes. One of the highlights of Yee Ping is a parade at the tourist hot-spot of Tha Pae Gate, where the best Lanna attire is showcased. The parade has a celebratory and almost carnival-like atmosphere and is well worth checking out.
Yee Peng is a Buddhist festival which marks the change of seasons and is all about letting go of the old and welcoming new beginnings. The festival was adapted from its Brahmin origins and has close ties with the ancient Lanna Kingdom.