Saturday, 20 October 2012

Yi Peng Festival, Thailand

Another swap postcard from Asia, this time from Thailand. (Apparently this is a handmade card! I would never have guessed! :O)

On this card you can see pictures of Yi Peng Festival. A multitude of sky lanterns are launched into the air where they resemble large flocks of giant fluorescent jellyfish gracefully floating by through the sky. People usually make khom loi from a thin fabric, such as rice paper, to which a candle or fuel cell is attached. When the fuel cell is lit, the resulting hot air which is trapped inside the lantern creates enough lift for the khom loi to float up in to the sky. Looks pretty magical to me!

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