Up, up and away! Thai rocket festival hits the heavens in bid for rain

Thai people launched huge homemade rockets into the skies above Yasothon on Sunday as part of a traditional festival to pray for the rainy season. Footage shows the rockets as they are hoisted up to the launch pads by teams of wannabe scientists, before being launched into the sky amidst the cheers of the crowds below. «It's great to be here it's exciting, it's hot, people are having a good... Еще time, there's rockets going off every couple of minutes, sometimes every few seconds. One just exploded a few minutes ago, debris landed all over us,» said Craig Penner, a Canadian tourist. The Yasothon Rocket Festival is held annually over a weekend in May, with floats and parades moving through the town and rockets being launched on the Sunday. The rockets are fired to appease the deity named Phaya Thein and ask him for rain.

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