To the delight of the locals and travellers alike the Yi Peng Festival will be going ahead this year. Doubt had been cast over whether the famous Chang Mai and Loy Krathong festival was to happen this year due to the passing of HM King Bhumidol but confirmation has been given that it will be happening, but not quite as normal. Those running the events have been asked that the celebrations commence in a sombre manner in order to show respect for the passing of the King. The governor of Chiang Mai, Pawin Chamniprasart, has confirmed that for this year they will do away with the elaborate fireworks displays, live music and other entertainment.
The doubt over the occurrence of the festival comes from the government’s declaration of a 30-day period without elaborate entertainment taking place in the Kingdom. The declaration did however state that traditional activities could still go ahead, with some alteration, for example, floating lanterns being made only from white or grey paper.
For those looking to experience this festival for the first time, they can still do so, but they should bear in mind how the recent events are influencing the festivities. In previous years these events generally go off with a bang, but out of respect, this year they will be a much calmer affair.