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Stunning photos of Chiang Mai’s Floating Lantern Festival.

Thousands of people gather and launch hot-air lanterns into the night sky. They are made of a thin fabric – usually rice paper. A candle or fuel cell is attached so that when it’s lit, the hot air trapped inside creates enough lift for it to float away. It’s a spectacular sight as thousands of lanterns are released at the same time. The festival is a time to pay respect to higher deities – you say a prayer, make a wish and then watch as your lantern floats away. Many people also believe that the lantern will carry your troubles away with it.

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