|Beautiful full moon in the background.|
|People making sure their baskets are filled with enough hot air.|
I'm pretty sure one of these was the one that almost took me down!
|This one is NOT my picture.|
It's from the celebration in Chiang Mai.
Like I said, the one I saw in Nakhon Sawan was quite tame compared to this!
In the picture to the left, Matt and Nici are lighting incense on a variation of a small raft. Traditionally, these are made from banana trees that have been chopped into thick chunks. They are typically decorated with incense, candles, lotus flowers, and sometimes money. Ours are made from bread so that they can provide a safe meal for the fish and turtles.
There were a bunch of young kids in the river (around 10) that helped the little wreaths out into the middle of the river so they did not get stuck by the river banks.
|Some people had pretty elaborate decorations to float.|
Take a look at these!
|Probably my favorite picture from the night.|
It looks like the lanterns are heading to the moon!