However, as many years passed by, the citizens of Chiang Mai began to neglect the significance of the pillar – leaving the city to be once again vulnerable to destruction. In 1296, King Mengrai located the forgotten city pillar at Wat Sadue Muang, which was later moved to be kept at Wat Chedi Luang, where it is currently placed.
The festival is held yearly in remembrance of its significance and as evidence of how much the people value the city pillar. The festival is open to the public for the rest of the week, so locals and visitors can still come out these next several days to make merit at Wat Chedi Luang, enjoy the musical performances, traditional Thai food, and the bustling ambiance. Read more about this important and very uniquely Lanna festival here. https://www.chiangmaicitylife.com/clg/see-do/festivals-events/glorious-rainfall-marks-the-start-of-inthakin-city-pillar-festival/