Burning ships are common here in Riau, Indonesia.
This was carried out by Chinese immigrants that settled in Riau. They vowed to never go back to their homeland by burning their ships and this became the locals' tradition from generations to generations. This tradition is called “Bakar Tongkang”.
They burn ships as a form of gratitude for their ancestors. Thousands of yellow paper pieces are attached to the ship before the ship is finally set on fire. It carries prayers from people for their ancestors.
Will you come to Riau and take a look at this festival firsthand? That would be an amazing experience to talk about.
For further explanation, you can go click on this picture below!