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Ritual- Yi Peng Lantern Release
Each year on the evening of the Yi Peng festival, tourists and locals alike release floating lanterns into the sky, symbolizing the release of bad memories and new wishes for the future. Monks are on hand at the temples of Chiang Mai to assist visitors with their launch, but in a vacant parking lot across the street from one of the wats, I found three monks paying their own respects to Buddha and releasing lanterns.
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