Thursday, July 1, 2010

Yi Peng in Mt. P

"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.
STEP ONE:
Fill the lanten with air by swinging it around.

STEP TWO:
With a partner (or two or three), light the fuel patch in below the lantern.

STEP THREE:
Watch as your lit fuel patch falls helplessly to the ground. (FAIL!)

STEP FOUR:
try to light the cardboard underneath in an attempt to redeem your efforts.

STEP FIVE:
If it works, hold the lantern as it heats up.

STEP SIX:
SUCCESS!! Release and enjoy.



3 comments:

  1. Oh you two do such neat things! How fun! You know so much about so many things! :o)

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  2. Psh, I wouldn't say that, my dear-- you are far wiser than I. We do have fun though, wish you were next door neighbors so we could porch sit once more:)

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  3. How fun! I was honored to have received an award and am passing one on to you. Details here: http://answerischocolate.blogspot.com/2010/07/im-overhwhelmed.html

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