"Yi Peng" is held on a full moon of the 2nd month of the Lanna calendar. A multitude of Lanna-style sky lanterns (khom fai or khom loy) are launched into the air where they resemble large flocks of giant fluorescent jellyfish gracefully floating by through the sky. Releasing the lanterns symbolizes releasing worldly desires and stressors. The most elaborate Yi Peng celebrations can be seen in Chiang Mai, the ancient capital of the former Lanna kingdom.
We decided to practice this last night with colorful lanterns of our own.
Watch as your lit fuel patch falls helplessly to the ground. (FAIL!)
try to light the cardboard underneath in an attempt to redeem your efforts.
If it works, hold the lantern as it heats up.
SUCCESS!! Release and enjoy.