The annual balloon festival in Taunggyi, Myanmar, attracting more than 20,000 spectators marks the end of the rainy season. Close to the end of the Buddhist Lent in November the mountain city attracts dozens of teams from all over the country who come to launch balloons.
History teacher Lionel Ahbo said the festival stems from a story of the Buddha, who believed that if he sent his hair up in a balloon to the heavens — and if it stayed up — he would become a true Buddha.
More than 400 fire balloons are taking flight from Taunggyi during this year's festival.
While the display is an event many enjoy, accidents are reported there almost every year.