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Young woman release sky lanterns to worship buddha’s relics in Yi Peng festival, Chiangmai Thailand

Yi Peng (or Yee Peng) is an annual festival celebrated in and unique to northern Thailand. The festival marks the end of the rainy season and the start of winter, the cool season in Thailand. Closely linked with the ancient Lanna kingdom and adapted from Brahmin origins, Yi Peng was originally celebrated as an individual event but now takes place at the same time as Loy Krathong, another Thai festival. Yi Peng events take place at various locations in northern Thailand, but the city of Chiang Mai has now become synonymous with Yi Peng.

A row of Buddhist monks meditate in front of a statue of the Lord Buddha to mark the annual Yi Peng festival in the popular tourist city of Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand on November 14, 2016.

Tourists and locals light candles in the city centre to mark the beginning of the annual Yi Peng festival in the popular tourist city of Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand on November 13, 2016.

Restrictions on festivals and celebrations around the country are beginning to ease one month after the death of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the age of 88 on October 13, as authorities try to balance national mourning with the need to capitalise on the current peak tourist season.

Novice Buddhist monks light lanterns for tourists to photograph at Wat Phan Tao temple.

People release thousands of paper lanterns to mark the annual Yi Peng festival in the city of Chiang Mai.

Buddhist monks prepare a prayer area before celebrations to mark the annual Yi Peng festival.