Boy with Fireworks

I took quite a few photos on this night but this is definitely one of my favourites. It was taken by the moat side. Chiang Mai is surrounded by a square moat which has been there for hundreds of years to protect the city from invasion. This boy seems so lost in thought. The moon and the river have great meaning during these festivals. As the full moon comes, people celebrate with fireworks and by floating things down the river to send away “bad spirit” in layman’s terms. I think this image encapsulates how every adult and child in the city takes the time to contemplate their spirituality on these occasions before the dawn of the new lunar month.

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