Every year in early November, officials plead for people not to launch flaming lanterns into the sky anywhere airports, trees, cables or basically anywhere that’s not an open field.
But come Loy Krathong, the candle-powered airships take to the skies to only be stopped, in too many cases, by architecture and infrastructure, or even just come down in open spaces where they leave paper and plastic waste all over.
Especially in Chiang Mai – where the Yee Peng lantern festival also took place last night – where Tuesday morning dawned to garbage-strewn fields and a lot of ruined power lines.
If these festivals are about honoring nature spirits, it seems their response is clear: Knock it off.
Here’s just a few of the incidents shared online by the JS100 of the Lannalands:
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