Chiang Mai Residents Celebrate Inthakin Festival at Night Despite Curfew

 | Mon 26 May 2014 12:06 ICT

CityNews – Chiang Mai people and tourists gathered at Wat Chedi Luang on Sunday, 25th May, to celebrate Inthakin Festival despite the military imposing a nationwide curfew from 10 p.m. until 5 a.m.

Dropping money into alms bowls inside Wat Chedi Luang.

People celebrated the festival all through the evening and past 10 o’ clock, even though soldiers were present at the scene. The festival runs from 25 – 31 May 2014 and the usual tradition is to celebrate all night long. As a compromise, this year people agreed to celebrate until midnight instead.

Inthakin Festival is an annual event to worship the city pillar, the Inthakin Pillar, located in Wat Chedi Luang. The pillar is a Buddhist symbol of harmony blessing the people of Chiang Mai. It’s commonly believed that paying respect to the City Pillar will bring motivation, prosperity, good luck, and good rainfall throughout the year.