Yi Peng Festival 2009

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khom loy!
Hands down this is one event the Thais should be proud of! Probably the most colorful and most interesting event i've ever been to in my entire life that i plan to do it again with family and friends in the near future - for one i didn't get to fly my own khom loy (those floating lanterns) because i had to take pictures of the event.

The mood is so festive during 3 consecutive nights, everyone was setting off firecrackers, preparing to fly their khom loys and letting their krathongs float on the Ping River. It was hilarious everytime a lantern would get caught in electrical wire on the street!

And following the procession/parade on 2 consecutive nights was more fun than the first time i followed a festival parade - under scorching heat of the sun in Tacloban.
baby panda!
This time around, during the first night of Yi Peng, it started getting breezy and a bit chilly, so it was so OK to walk with the procession. I'm mighty impressed about the floats during the parade, they were so elaborate and well-crafted. The city literally lighted up during this event.

Also memorable was the short trip to Chiang Mai Zoo on day 3 of the festival. I went there for the Giant Pandas. I didn't even bother to look at the other animals. I just wanted to see the Panda. Had i seen my own face upon having a glimpse of the pandas, i think it would be like being a little kid in a candy store. I was even lucky to go there that day because, since it was a holiday, they brought out the baby panda for viewing for one hour. On regular days one can only see the baby via a screen inside the panda enclosure. And of course I had so much fun feeding the giraffe - our little secret, i think the last time i saw a giraffe was in the 80s! I can't even remember if i noticed the giraffes at the singapore zoo or the bangkok zoo. haha! I know it wasn't my first time to see a giraffe, but it feels like it.

Here are some pics of the festival... but here is also a link to better pics on my flickr that you might want to take a look at:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/jaewalk/sets/72157622721222054/
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khom loy!
khom loy!
baby panda!
baby panda!
rare appearance of the baby panda
rare appearance of the baby panda
my only picture with the panda. bo…
my only picture with the panda. b…
lin-hui!
lin-hui!
baby panda on the TV screen
baby panda on the TV screen
feeding giraffe at the zoo
feeding giraffe at the zoo
say a prayer. make a wish
say a prayer. make a wish
someone is in my frame!
someone is in my frame!
red-eye brigade! they were singing…
red-eye brigade! they were singin…
i was following the parade and whe…
i was following the parade and wh…
before the parade
before the parade
before the parade
before the parade
releasing khom loy
releasing khom loy
while waiting to get dark for para…
while waiting to get dark for par…
chinese community in chiang mai
chinese community in chiang mai
colorful lanterns!
colorful lanterns!
khom loy for sale
khom loy for sale
release
release
filling the khom loy with hot air
filling the khom loy with hot air
khom loy
khom loy
khom loy
khom loy
tuktuk advertising
tuktuk advertising
holding the banner
holding the banner
krathong girls
krathong girls
she looks like shes texting
she looks like she's texting
your hotness
your hotness
sparklers by the river
sparklers by the river
whee!
whee!
japanese!
japanese!
pandas on parade
pandas on parade
mother and child
mother and child
eye contact
eye contact
parade
parade
nice float
nice float
at the bridge
at the bridge
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photo by: Stevie_Wes