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Thais honor Buddha with sky lantern festival
The annual Yi Peng Sansai, the sky lantern festival, was held in Chiang Mai in northern Thailand on Oct. 25 to pay homage to the Buddha.
Participants release thousands of lanterns, known as Khom Loi, into the sky at Mae Jo University in the Sansai district of Chiang Mai.
The event is organized by Buddhist groups. Before launching the lanterns, monks with candles parade through the venue.
Hundreds of volunteers join the event every year.
All the monks participate in the Lanna Kathina Ceremony, in which people offer them new robes.
Participants prepare to light their sky lanterns.
Monks pray while sitting on a round altar.
Thousands of candles illuminate the field at Mae Lo University.
Visitors buy sky lanterns. They cost 100 baht ($3) each.
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