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Wat Mangkon Kamalawat decorated with Chinese lanternes and fire crackers. Chinese celebrations are accompanied by a lot of noise. The sound of fire crackers chases away the terrible monster ‘Nian’ and other evil spirits, particularly those causing sickness, and hence, the sound brings good fortune. Furthermore, it is believed that the fire cracker’s noise awakens the deities and guardian spirits who are the custodians of good health, good fortune and prosperity. They will watch over the well-being of the people in the community; China Town, Bangkok

Photographer:Valeska Gehrmann
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