| Bahyiah Bakir in Chiang Mai, Thailand |
LOY Krathong is a colourful festival held every year on the full moon of the 12th month of the Thai Lunar calendar. The festival was held all over the country over several days.
Thousands of people came to Chiang Mai to celebrate Loy Krathong Festival last night. Thais, tourists and local residents made their way to the festival.
Krathongs, made of leaves and wood from banana trees decorated with flowers, were seen floating on the Mae Ping River in Chiang Mai.
Thousands of Khom Loy (sky lanterns) were drifting across the sky, followed by a fireworks display.
Thais believe that Krathong floating is an act of respect and offering of thanks to the Mother of the Waters, Mae Kongkha.
It is also believed that floating the Krathong away is a symbol of warding off the unpleasant past and welcoming good luck.