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His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn yesterday (Nov 3) sent a royal krathong to float at the Sukhothai Historical Park where the traditional Loy Krathong Festival is held.
Members of the royal family also sent 11 krathongs to float at the historical park. They included the royal krathong floats of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, and His Royal Highness Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti.
The royal krathongs were marched in a colourful procession to the park yesterday to display and later floated in the large pond at the grand celebration of the festival at 11 pm.
Meanwhile in Chiang Mai, the Loy Krathong Festival was also actively held but with a unique tradition that besides floating krathongs into the water, sky lanterns are also released, representing the releasing of ones’ troubles and sadness in Lanna belief.
The festival saw many people arriving at the Naowarat Bridge which is the location that Chiang Mai City allowed to release sky lanterns or locally called “Yi Peng”.
Loy Krathong revellers were allowed to fly lanterns only two days on Nov 2 and 3 during 7 pm – 1 am. But application for permission to deploy airborne lanterns must be made beforehand because authorities do not want these floats to interfere with air traffic.
Authorities in Chiang Mai Airport have also announced the event to commercial airlines and have received the cooperation of 187 to divert their flights during those days.
At other locations around Chiang Mai such as at the historic City Moat, canals and other watercourses, large crowds congregated creating buzz all around the city.
Yi Peng lanterns and other forms of lanterns have been lit all over Chiang Mai which has given the northern capital a beautiful incandescent glow.