Monks let off a lantern at Same Loy Krathong Festival, Chiang Mai 31 Aug 2016
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Loy Krathong is celebrated in November across Thailand. Also known as the Festival of Lights, images and scenes are now iconic with hundreds of paper lanterns being launched into the night sky. The reason for this? People believe letting go of the lantern will send away their bad luck and misfortunes from the previous year too. The colourful festival is held on the full moon of the twelfth month in the Thai Lunar Calendar, with particularly beautiful celebrations being held in Chiang Mai, Ayutthaya and Sukhothai lasting several days.
In 2016, the full moon will fall on 15 November, but in many places (including Chiang Mai) the main celebration will be last from 14-16 November.
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