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The Lantern Releasing that happens as part of Loy Krathong in Thailand... so beautiful!  http://alittleadrift.com/2011/11/loy-krathong-yee-peng-thailand/

Watching the beautiful lantern release for Loy Krathong and learning how to make krathongs to release into the river for Yee Ping in Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Similar to hot air balloons, sky lanterns have a little flame inside that causes them to propel upwards. In many parts of the world where the lunar calendar is observed, sky lanterns are released during the first full moon of the Lunar New Year, a day called Lantern Festival. They are also flown during the Mid-Autumn Festival, which occurs on the 15th day of the eighth month of the lunar calendar when the moon is at its fullest.

Offbeat Traveler: Sky lanterns

We released lanterns like this on New Year's Eve. sky lanterns by Patrick Lin / AFP / Getty Images from LA Times

Yi Peng, 2013. Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Yi Peng, 2013. Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Floating Lanterns in Loy Krathong Festival, Thailand

Floating Lanterns in Loy Krathong Festival, Thailand. Would love to light lanterns at my wedding someday or maybe on the honeymoon!

Avoid the Crowds on a Romantic New Year's Eve Getaway  - Forget the fireworks and suffocating mobs in Times Square – this time around, we're jetting off in search of an intimate New Year's Eve locale. From a year-end sky lantern send-off in Chiang Mai, to a sparkling wine toast (and DJ'd after party) on a moving Napa Valley train, these are the 8 places we're eyeing.

Romantic New Year's Eve Vacations

Forget the fireworks and suffocating mobs in Times Square – this time around we're going for something romantic. Here, the 8 New Year's Eve trips we're eyeing.

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Monks celebrating Thai festival of lights - Loy Krathong. Thailand.

Monks celebrating Thai festival of lights - Loy Krathong.

Monks in Thailand meditate during a lantern ceremony during Makha Bucha

Not photoshopped: Buddhist monks during a lantern lighting ceremony to celebrate Makha Bucha day - Bangkok

Loy Krathong

Thousands of Khom Loy lanterns are released in the air on the festival grounds at the Mae Jo University, Thailand. To light lanterns into the sky.kind of did this one already at Ashley's Wedding.

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How to Make Flying Paper Lanterns

Floating Lanterns, Thailand the floating lanterns being launched into the sky. 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.

Floße voller Sünden und Sorgen:Thailand feiert Lichterfest "Loi Krathong"

Two airports in northern Thailand said Wednesday that nearly 150 flights will be canceled or rescheduled during a three-day festival next week when reveler



Chiang Mai (Thailand). 'Amid a jumble of mountains, Chiang Mai looks respectfully up to mighty Doi Suthep, whose sacred temple floats unnervingly on its forest bed. The old city, framed by a moat flopping with fish, is crammed with soaring temple peaks and twisting sois (lanes) best suited to exploration by bicycle. Stop for a temple ‘monk chat’, an intimate insight into those orange-robed figures.' http://www.lonelyplanet.com/thailand/chiang-mai-province/chiang-mai

Yee Peng Wat Puntao by Doy Pdamobiz on Wat Puntao Chiang-Mai Thailand

Monks, Thailand.  Photograph by Paramit Supadulchai.

Monks lighting floating lanterns, Temple of Song Pee Nong, Thailand. By Paramit Supadulchai.



Yi Peng Festival in Chiang Mai, Thailand. Happens every 2nd lunar month of the Lanna calendar in November.

The elaborate Yi Peng celebration in Chiang Mai, Thailand - thousands of people gather and launch hot-air lanterns into the night sky. It’s an spectacular sight when all the lanterns are released at the same time and float away in the dark sky.