People light a sky lantern, or khom loy, to release along the Ping River during the Chiang Mai Yee Peng and Loy Krathong festivals on Nov. 3, 2017, in northern Thailand. RNS photo by Kit Doyle

Novice monks meditate during a special ceremony at Wat Phan Tao for the Yee Peng and Loy Krathong festivals on Nov. 5, 2017, in central Chiang Mai, Thailand. RNS photo by Kit Doyle

Attendees take photos with lanterns during the opening ceremonies of the Chiang Mai Yee Peng and Loy Krathong festivals on

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