Let there be light, Chiang Mai
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.