The Yi Peng Lantern Festival is one of the most magical events on the Thai cultural calendar. People from all over the world flock to Thailand, particularly to Chiang Mai in the north, to witness the magic and soak in the fun. On October 30, 2020, Chef Nikky offers you the chance to celebrate Yi Peng with her as if you’re in Chiang Mai.
But you don’t have to leave your home at all. You can experience the magic of Yi Peng virtually on Zoom with Chef Nikky. Best of all, you can cook along with her as she whips up a true Yi Peng feast, complete with sparkling wine.
Yi Peng is a time for making merit in Thailand
If you’ve ever watched a movie or a video set in Thailand where there’s a crowd setting paper lanterns afloat towards the sky, it’s likely that you’re seeing a celebration of the Yi Peng Lantern Festival. Lanterns floating skyward is what makes Yi Peng so iconic.
The people of Thailand celebrate Yi Peng on the full moon of the 12th month of the Thai lunar calendar. Yi Peng used to be a standalone event observed mostly in Northern Thailand. But because it coincides with Loy Krathong, another full moon festival celebrated in Bangkok and thereabouts, these two events are now observed together.
Yi Peng is considered a time for making merit in Thailand. In this Buddhist event, you are encouraged to release all the pain, suffering, and mistakes you have experienced throughout the year. When you do so, you make room in your life for new and better luck. You get to let go of all your negative experiences with your lantern, along with a wish and a prayer of thanksgiving to the gods.
Chiang Mai is the best place to go to celebrate Yi Peng. This biggest city in Northern Thailand has the largest and most colorful Yi Peng. You need to put this on your bucket list.
Check out this Nikky Feeding Souls episode for a preview: https://bit.ly/NFSSeason2Ep13
Celebrate Yi Peng with a traditional Northern Thai meal
What is a celebration of any event without food? Because it’s Yi Peng, it’s only fitting that we feast on a traditional Northern Thai meal. In this Escape to Thailand event, Chef Nikky will show you how to cook these Northern Thailand staples:
Nam prik ong
Nam prik ong is a spicy dip made with tomatoes and pork or chicken. Thais typically snack on this dip with pork rinds and fresh vegetables. You can easily make this dip vegetarian if you wish.
Pad kee mow
Also known as Thai drunken noodles, pad kee mow is famous for its soul-awakening taste and aroma. This dish is made with fresh herbs, particularly basil, which is responsible for its beautiful smell and flavor. It’s an Asian Mint signature dish.
And because this is a Yi Peng feast, we shall be toasting the full moon with sparkling.
Something extra: Get a full moon reading from Britten LaRue
As a special treat for y’all, we’re bringing in Britten LaRue as a special guest. She will give you a full moon reading and help you release your intentions.
Britten LaRue is a life coach and an expert in moon astrology and alternative healing. An art history scholar, she also teaches various art history and art appreciation classes within the University of Texas system. Like Chef Nikky, Ms. LaRue is a Hockaday graduate and shares her mission of feeding souls. You can learn more about Ms. LaRue here.
Don’t miss this awesome opportunity to celebrate Yi Peng in Chiang Mai with Chef Nikky right at home. Register for the event here: https://bit.ly/3cKUFHI