Yee Peng 2014

Yee Peng 2014 - Chiang Mai, Thailand

Yee Peng 2014 – Chiang Mai, Thailand

It is hard to believe that 2014 will mark my third Yee Peng in Chiang Mai, also known as Thailand’s Paper Lantern Festival. This event is on so many “Top 10 Things To Do” adventures for obvious reasons and I can’t believe I have seen three. As a photographer it is without a doubt one of the most amazing things to photograph, yet also something that is hard to capture correctly so I keep trying. I also seem to learn more about this festival every year.

Yee Peng 2014 - Chiang Mai, Thailand

Yee Peng 2014 – Chiang Mai, Thailand

Yi Peng (Yee Peng) always roughly coincides with Loi Krathong, another festival/ceremony where instead of putting lights in the air, the lights are floated on the water to bring good luck and pay merit to Lord Buddha. Apparently also at/around this time is the Lanna Kathina Ceremony where monks get their robes and lantern are set of in celebration of that as well. All I know for sure is that it is all very beautiful and the dates are related to the phases of the moon, kind of like Easter, but the exact timing seems to be more flexible than the orbit of the moon and so on occasion the dates aren’t determined until almost the last minute.

You can find more Yee Peng Photos here

Yee Peng 2014 - Chiang Mai, Thailand

Yee Peng 2014 – Chiang Mai, Thailand

Also, there are two Yee Ping/Loi Krathong/Lanna Kathina Ceremonies that take place on different dates. These images are from the event that took place on October 25, 2014 that is mostly for locals and is free. There is another event to take place on November 8, 2014 that is a paid event and is more tourist friendly, and costs around $100 to attend. I have been to both and they are both amazing.

Yee Peng 2014 - Chiang Mai, Thailand

Yee Peng 2014 – Chiang Mai, Thailand

Anyway, these are some of the images I made this year. I also shot a lot of video, but due to unforeseen circumstances (more on that soon), I will have to wait to show you the video.

Yee Peng 2014 - Chiang Mai, Thailand

Yee Peng 2014 – Chiang Mai, Thailand

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Author: Jonathan Look

In 2011 Jonathan Look decided to change his life and pursue adventures instead of comfort and possessions. His goal is to travel the world solo; one country at a time, one year at a time. To accomplish this he got rid of most of his possessions, packed up what little he saw as necessities and headed out. His goal is to spend ten years discovering new places, meeting new people and taking the time to learn about them, their values and their place on this tiny planet. He embraces the philosophy that says a person is the sum of their experiences and rejects the fraud of modern consumerism that makes people into slaves of their consumption. He doesn't intend to be modern day ascetic, just more mindful of his place in the world and to make decisions according to that new standard.

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