Loy Krathong and Yi Peng 2021, 2022 and 2023

Loy Krathong and Yi Peng 2021, 2022 and 2023

By CindyUpdated Oct. 18, 2021

Loy Krathong 2021 will be celebrated on the night of Friday, November 19th.

Loy Krathong, also named Festival of Lights, is a famous floating lantern festival in Thailand. On the evening of Loy Krathong, Thai people gather together to release floating rafts called Krathongs onto rivers, lakes, and canals to give thanks to the Goodness of Water and seek forgiveness from her. It is a Buddhist festival celebrated across the country, but it is not an official public holiday in Thailand.

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When Is Loy Krathong 2021 and Yi Peng Lantern Festival 2021?

The date of the Loy Krathong Festival changes every yearLoy Krathong takes place on the night of the full moon of the 12th month of the Thai lunar calendar and typically falls in November according to the Gregorian calendar.

In 2021, Loy Krathong Festival will be celebrated on the night of Friday, November 19th. 

Yi Peng (sometimes written as Yee Peng), or called sky lantern festival, which is another famous floating lantern festival normally starts one or two days before Loy Krathong. In 2021, Chiang Mai's Yi Peng Lantern Festival will take place from November 19th to 20th, 2021

2021 Chiang Mai Yi Peng (Loy Krathong) Festival

Chiang Mai is one of the best places to experience the Loy Krathong Festival and Yi Peng Festival. Chiang Mai Yi Peng Lantern Festival 2021 will begin on November 19 and end on November 20.   

The official schedule for the 2021 Chiang Mai Yi Peng (Loy Krathong) Festival is Not yet issued, but information of activities list most likely every year but different dates. Here is the schedule for 2020, for reference: 

Main Activity Venue
1. Worshipping Ceremony of the Shrine of Household Office of Chiang Mai Municipality
2. Opening Ceremony of Chiang Mai Yee Peng Festival Thapae Gate Plaza
3. Light up the Terra Cotta Candle Trays Around the inside area of the city moat
4. Yee peng Kids Contest Office of Chiang Mai Municipality
5. Mister and Miss Yee peng Contest Thapae Gate Plaza
6. Lanna Lantern City Decoration Around the moat
7. Ceremony for the Continually Floating Of Candle Trays Ping River
8. Grand Krathong Contest Around the moat, city gates, and Three Kings Monument

[Updated Oct 12, 2021: CAD Yi Peng 2021 Event, one of the most famous organized mass lantern releases, is canceled due to COVID 19 restrictions. The event will be postponed until the end of this year to celebrate the new year countdown festival. Contact us to book the ticket.]

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How Is Loy Krathong Date Determined?

The reason that the date of Loy Krathong changes every year is that, like many other Buddhist holidays, the timing of the festival is based on the lunar calendar. In Thailand, there are multiple lunar calendars. Loy Krathong is based on the typical Buddhist lunar calendar and falls in the 12th month (duean 12). Get to know the interesting history and stories about Thai Loy Krathong

Yi Peng festival was created by the Lanna people of Northern Thailand and its date is based on the Lanna Lunar Calendar. Yi Peng takes place at the same time as Loy Krathong but falls in the second month according to the Lanna lunar calendar.

Loy Krathong Dates: 2021 to 2030

The official dates of Loy Krathong and Yi Peng are announced the year before. So we don't know exactly when the festival will take place in future years, but we know it will likely happen on the night of the full moon, or one day before or after. Here are the upcoming full moons (and tentative Loy Krathong dates).

Year Date of Loy Krathong  Weekday
2020 October 31 Saturday
2021 November 19 Friday
2022 November 8 Tuesday
2023 November 27 Monday
2024 November 15 Friday
2025 November 5 Wednesday
2026 November 24 Tuesday
2027 November 14 Sunday
2028 November 2 Thursday
2029 November 21 Wednesday
2030 November 10 Sunday
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