February 10, 2009

Tuesday Morning Image

Another photo from Thailand. These are paper hot air balloons with a small flammable wax circle wired to the bottom. Once the flame is lit, the Thai will wait for a couple of minutes for hot air to filled the balloon before sending it off. Traditionally these are sent off during a festival on the full moon in the twelfth month of the lunar year (last year in November).

The unusual ritual of launching Lanna-style floating lanterns (khome loi or khome yipeng) is a unique aspect of the Chiang Mai Loi Krathong festival. Traditional belief has it that when these huge lanterns are set adrift and float away, so do the troubles of the residents in the community.

Please remember all those who are not looking to Him for fulfillment.

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