Posted on 11/12/2015

#Culture #Thailand

Photos: The magic of Thailand's floating lanterns

Every year, people in Thailand make wishes for the year ahead by releasing glowing lanterns into the night sky as part of the Yi Peng Floating Lantern Festival.

Make a wish

Make a wish DrewHopper

An adpatation of the Brahmin ceremony

An adpatation of the Brahmin ceremony DrewHopper

Proceedings begin with group meditation

Proceedings begin with group meditation Drew Hopper Photography

The lanterns are released

The lanterns are released Drew Hopper Photography

Flickering candles and glowing lanterns light up the district

Flickering candles and glowing lanterns light up the district DrewHopper

The rice paper lanterns shine bright

The rice paper lanterns shine bright Carlos Adampol Galindo

Meditation arena for the monks

Meditation arena for the monks DrewHopper

The lanterns dance in the night sky

The lanterns dance in the night sky Carlos Adampol Galindo

They make their way back to Earth

They make their way back to Earth Carlos Adampol Galindo

Monks posing for a photo mid-release

Monks posing for a photo mid-release DrewHopper

Thailand's floating lantern festival, known as Yi Peng, is a religious ceremony that pays homage to the Buddha. It is celebrated in the Northern town of Chiang Mai in Thailand where locals light lanterns and release them up into the air. Upon releasing them, they make a wish for future good luck and fortune.

Even though this year's Lantern Festival has only just been and gone, tickets will soon go on sale for 2016. If you're be keen to get involved, check the festival's official website.