This has been at the top of my bucket list for as long as I can remember. Just like that scene in Tangled, when Rapunzel and Flynn are in the middle of the lake and all of a sudden hundreds of lanterns are lighting the sky, I too want to experience that enchanting moment and hopefully someday soon I will!
Every year there is a magical, breath-taking festival where people from around the world light lanterns into the night sky. The name of this festival is Yee Peng; it’s a religious festival that celebrates Buddha. There’s also another festival that usually overlaps the lantern festival and it’s called Loi Krathong. This festival celebrates the river goddess and involves lighting candles and floating them down the river. The most elaborate celebrations for these festivals can be seen in Chiang Mai, Thailand.
Each festival has a specific meaning for the release of the lanterns and candle floats. When paper lanterns are released they are meant to symbolize an end to one’s bad luck and when the candle floats are released they symbolize one’s wish for good luck. The festivals fit perfectly together; one symbolizes out with the bad and the other symbolizes in with the good.
People come from all over the world to experience these celebrations. Can you imagine celebrating two festivals at once, where once a year there are lights floating on the waters, lights dancing in the sky and lights decorating all the houses and trees and everyone is happy and celebrating.. It must be such a magical moment… one to remember for a lifetime.