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Lanterns have been a prominent part of Chinese culture for centuries. They were used by the military to send messages and warnings. Traditionally, they were hung in doorways to ward off evil spirits. Today, they remain a symbol of Chinese culture and celebration. The colors of the lanterns are specifically chosen for communication, social status and warnings.
Chiang Mai Yipeng Festival In addition, it is the great festival of Lanna duly succeeded from ancient age. "Yi Peng" or full-moon day of second lunar month of Lanna villagers is corresponding to the full-moon day of 12th month of central region during the end of raining season and beginning of cold season when the climate is very nice and fair. One tradition of Lanna other than Loi Kra Thong on the river is to light up the lantern and float up in the sky based on their belief that to pay worship to Phra Ket Kaew Julamanee in the heaven or to relief one' bad luck for more auspicious life.
The Yee Peng Festival in Mae Jo, Thailand, 2006. Thousands of paper lanterns released at the same time after a beautiful Buddhist ceremony.
Loy Krathong ( Yi Peng ) Festival lanterns called "khom fai" being released in Mae Jo, near Chiang Mai, Thailand, 2008
Loy Kratong and Lanterns
5,000 paper lanterns are released into the sky
The heavenly lantern festival takes only place one time a year. It is usually held 15 days after the chinese New Year. In history, paper lanterns have been used to send messages over the enemy lines.