Loy Krathong Celebrations, Chiang Mai, Thailand
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The most beautiful and popular ceremony in Thailand is Loy Krathong celebrated in the second Lanna lunar month which is in November or December. It is thought to have originated in Thailand about 700 years ago and its purpose is to pay tribute to the goddess of rivers and waterways and thank her for providing water to the farmers. On the night banana leaf boats with a candle and incense are floated away in the river along with, one hope's, all evils and problems in the year to come. In Chiang Mai there are special events: sending thousands of hot air balloons into the sky to carry away bad luck and one's wishes to heaven. The balloons are 6 - 8 feet tall, made of paper and held up by 3 or 4 people. Paper is burned in a canister until the balloon is filled with enough hot air to lift it way up into the sky. There are also parades, beauty contests, and firecrackers.