Chiang Mai Floating Lanterns Festival, Thailand ........I just wanna see the floating lanterns gleam!
Japanese Lantern Lighting Festival At dusk paper lanterns were lit and floated for Japan's annual Obon Holiday. During Obon, ancestral spirits revisit their families for three days. Many Japanese will return home to pay their respects at grave-sites and often paper lanterns are lit and floated down the river to help guide the spirits. This year took on special significance as everyone remembered those lost in Japan's devastating earthquake and tsunami disasters. 平和、ヒース、理解、繁栄