Let there be light, Chi­ang Mai

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Thou­sands of peo­ple gath­ered in Chi­ang Mai last week to re­lease lanterns into the sky at the Yee Peng fes­ti­val, also known as the fes­ti­val of lights, in north­ern Thai­land. The trib­ute to Bud­dha takes place at full moon in the 12th month of the tra­di­tional Thai lu­nar cal­en­dar. Chi­ang Mai is the an­cient cap­i­tal of the for­mer Lanna king­dom, where both Yee Peng and Loi Krathong – when float­ing lanterns are re­leased on the wa­ter – are cel­e­brated at the same time. Along­side the float­ing light cer­e­monies, there are also pa­rades and fire­works.

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