Night lights

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In Chiang Mai, floating lanterns set the night alight during the annual Yi Peng festival. The tradition emphasizes reflection and spiritual cleansing. The lit lanterns, or khom loi, are hot-air balloons made of rice paper.

Reblogged from National Geographic

Got a light?

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I had planned a recent trip to Thailand in November to coincide with the Loy Krathong celebration because I had seen pictures of the floating lanterns being launched into the sky. However, nothing I had seen prepared me for the incredible magic of experiencing thousands of these lanterns floating into the night sky at once while monks chanted at the Lanna Meditation Center in Chiang Mai. It was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had.

Reblogged from National Geographic