Loy Khatong and Yi Peng

This lovely image of lights floating into the sky is associated with the coinciding Loy Khatong and Yi Peng festivals in Thailand. The festivals take place on the Full Moon of the 12th month of the Thai calendar (28th November this year). Loy Khatong involves building a small raft for a candle and floating it down the river, Yi Peng involves releasing into the sky a rice paper lantern filled with air heated by a candle or fuel cell.

According to Wikipedia:

.. the act of floating away the candle raft is symbolic of letting go of all one’s grudges, anger and defilements, so that one can start life afresh on a better foot.

This sounds worth celebrating …