Yee Peng Festival

Tourists release floating lanterns at Homage to the Lord Buddha during the festival of Yee Peng in the northern Thai city of Chiang Mai November 12, 2005. The annual festival is celebrated as a religious event in which locals throughout the region make merit and carry out other religious activities. The highlight of the event is the launching of the ‘Khom loy’, or floating lanterns, into the night sky with the belief that misfortune will float away with the lanterns. REUTERS/Sukree Sukplang

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