Yi Peng Festival 2009
Chiang Mai Travel Blog› entry 26 of 32 › view all entries
November 2nd, 2009 – by: jaeWALK
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.
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:
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