Photo Essay: Yi Peng – Thailand’s floating lanterns festival
There was another special event this day. It would have been my father’s 59th birthday. He passed away only 1.5 months prior, from a heart attack he suffered while visiting me here in Thailand. I was able to light a lantern in his honour, on his birthday.
Almost as soon as I lit his lantern, the sky exploded with fireworks mixed amongst the other late lanterns.
After making a wish for his well-being wherever he is, from me and the rest of his family, his lantern took to the sky.
Fireworks lit the way for him to the sky – very suiting as he taught lighting as a University prof.
All of a sudden someone yelled out “That one wasn’t ready to go yet!” – we look over as the lantern hesitated to leave the Earth. His lantern hovered above the crowd, about 5 meters up – as if at a comfortable height on his lighting grid.
Finally, after a final dance, it soared into the sky to join the others before him. It was a very symbolic dance – and a final closure to his visit here to Thailand.
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