The last day of the Chinese New Year celebrations is Yuan-Xiao (the Lantern Festival). Send your hopes and dreams off into the night sky by the light of the full moon…

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Picture: Chinese Lantern Festival by ConstantineD, on Flickr

Set all your hopes and dreams free and let all your grievances and regrets go with them…

On the night of the full moon of the 12th lunar month, Thai people set  small handmade rafts afloat on nearby ponds, lakes and waterways, to honor and pay respect to the goddess of water and apologise for the bad things done to the river during the past year. The act of setting the raft off is also symbolic of letting go of grudges so that life can be started afresh without anger.

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Picture: Loi Krathong in Shanghai, 2010 by rachayuan, on Flickr